Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It is caused by the hormones produced by the placenta, which can make it harder for the mother's body to use insulin properly.
Symptoms are usually non-existent, but some women may experience increased thirst, frequent urination, and fatigue.
Blood sugar monitoring
A healthy diet and regular exercise
Medications to control blood sugar levels may be necessary.
The baby may grow larger than normal, making delivery more difficult
Increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life for both the mother and the baby
Increased risk of high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia