Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
3 minute read
16 Aug 2021
8:00 am

Pregnancy complications: What you need to know about gestational diabetes

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

It is called gestational diabetes because it develops during pregnancy and it causes high blood sugar that can affect a baby’s health. Eating healthy foods, exercising and, if necessary, taking medication will control blood sugar and thus prevent a difficult birth and keep mother and baby healthy. In gestational diabetes, blood sugar usually returns to […]

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It is called gestational diabetes because it develops during pregnancy and it causes high blood sugar that can affect a baby’s health. Eating healthy foods, exercising and, if necessary, taking medication will control blood sugar and thus prevent a difficult birth and keep mother and baby healthy. In gestational diabetes, blood sugar usually returns to normal soon after delivery. But if one has had gestational diabetes, the person is at risk for type 2 diabetes. As soon as a woman thinks about trying to get pregnant, she should see a doctor evaluate her risk of gestational diabetes. To make sure...