What is Gestational Diabetes?

When your body does not manage its glucose levels properly, then you have diabetes.

Gestational diabetes (GD) is a specific type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy with women who have never suffered from diabetes.
It is estimated that between 1% and 8% of pregnancies are afflicted with this condition.

Gestational diabetes is defined as glucose intolerance that begins, or is first recognized, during pregnancy.

Gestational diabetes (also known as gestational diabetes mellitus - GDM) exists only during pregnancy. Blood sugar levels typically return to normal soon after your baby is born.
If after the delivery, your body still has an inability to control its blood sugar levels naturally, then you have type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Even if you do not have diabetes after the pregnancy, you are still at higher risk to develop type 2 diabetes later on in life. The disease may also return if you get pregnant again.
So it will be advisable to continue with a lifestyle as if you do have diabetes. This will go a long way in preventing the development of the disease.

This "diabetic lifestyle" is nothing more than a healthy lifestyle that everybody should lead for a healthy, long and full life. Following a healthy diet coupled with plenty of exercise, will give you a richer life and reduce the risk of developing many health-related complications, especially diabetes.

The recommendation is that you should have a blood test to check your blood sugar levels about six weeks after the birth of your baby. This test must be repeated every 6 to 12 months, for the rest of your life.

It does not matter whether you are pregnant or not, whether you are diabetic or not, you should be leading a lifestyle of healthy eating combined with regular exercise, it is the only foundation for a healthy body. After all, your body is the only one you have, for the rest of your Life!

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