Video: What Is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes needs medical intervention to ensure the safety of you and your baby. Learn more in this video
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We have included a video from the NHS in the UK as it best explains Gestational Diabetes. About 9% of pregnant women in New Zealand experience Gestational Diabetes or it’s recurrence – that’s nearly 4,000 pregnancies a year in our country.
What Is Gestational Diabetes?
Viewing time: 6m 14s
What you will learn:
- Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth
- Gestational Diabetes can appear in the second or third trimester after baby’s organs have developed
- Risk factors include a BMI of 30 or over, a previous pregnancy with gestational diabetes or having a baby weighing over 9lbs/4.5kgs or having a close family member with diabetes
- Māori and Pacific mums-to-be are more at risk
- Developing the condition means your baby can grow extra large. This brings it’s own health complications and also means you may not be able to have a natural birth
- Eating healthily and increasing your physical activity can help
- Watch out for hidden sugars such as in fruit juice and breakfast cereal
- Some women may need tablets or even injections
- Most women with GD find it goes away after giving birth