Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is another common type of diabetes. It is a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy.

Extra demands on the pancreas such as the impact of a growing baby and changing hormone levels can cause some women to develop diabetes during pregnancy. Often, it goes away after delivery. But, later in life, diabetes may return.

Gestational diabetes affects 3% to 20% of all pregnancies, with an increased risk of developing diabetes for both the mother and the child.

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is greater for individuals with birth weight greater than 4 kg (9 lbs).