Definition: What is Gestational Diabetes?

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Ever wondered what is gestational diabetes and how it can affect your pregnancy? Also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), it’s a common women’s health condition that causes high or low blood sugar levels during pregnancy.

Previous cases of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and the high glucose levels developed while you’re carrying can both cause this problem. While you’re pregnant, you may experience abnormal insulin production or improper function of insulin which could lead to gestational diabetes.

Diabetes in pregnancy is of two types: Hyperglycemia or Hypoglycemia. If not treated on time, this form of diabetes can lead to severe health complications for both mother and baby such as heart diseases, premature birth, and developmental issues.

Doctors often monitor your blood sugar levels during pregnancy but it’s always best to keep an eye on any signs of gestational diabetes in your body.


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