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

Routine checkups

Glucose screening at 24-28 weeks of gestation

Follow-up testing may be needed if the initial screening shows high blood sugar levels.

Additional monitoring of the baby's growth may be necessary.