Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that can affect women during pregnancy. Pregnant women may develop gestational diabetes if their blood sugar levels (glucose) are too high. Gestational diabetes is recognized as impaired glucose intolerance, which can affect the way your body uses sugar for energy. The condition affects the mother’s ability to use the hormone insulin; without enough insulin, blood sugar levels will continue to rise. Untreated gestational diabetes can harm the unborn baby. Gestational diabetes can put your baby at risk for diabetes, birth defects, and obesity in the future. (more)
The following factors put you at an even greater risk of getting pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes after you’ve had gestational diabetes.