Am I at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?
Although the thought of having gestational diabetes may be scary for many pregnant women, try to remember that if you do wind up getting this condition, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will cause problems or that you will have diabetes for the rest of your life. In most cases, after the baby is born, your body goes back to normal and the gestational diabetes goes away.
Also, gestational diabetes can be controlled. Most women with this condition have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies because they control their blood sugar levels. The key to controlling it is to find out if you may have a high risk for it, get tested, and start treatment as soon as possible. The best pregnancy outcomes for those with gestational diabetes result from careful management and control of blood sugar levels.
Although women who have had gestational diabetes may have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, there are ways to prevent and control this form of diabetes as well (see Prevent Type 2 Diabetes).
While there may be a number of factors that could increase your gestational diabetes risk, the main one you can control is being overweight. You can lower this risk by eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, and controlling your weight gain. However, having risk factors does not mean that you will develop this condition during pregnancy.
In addition, if you do develop gestational diabetes, it does not mean that you will necessarily develop complications. There are a number of ways to help control blood sugar levels and reduce the risks for complications.