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Gestational Diabetes (GD)

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Updated January 25, 2014

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Definition: When a pregnant woman has high blood sugar levels in pregnancy. About 4% of pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes, not to be confused with a pregnant diabetic. This is screened for in your prenatal visits, typically around the 28th week of pregnancy with a test called the glucose tolerance test (GTT). If the numbers of this test are high, you will be asked to do a three hour version of the test t confirm the diagnosis.

Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes means that you will need to check your blood sugars multiple times a day. Typically this is managed in pregnancy with nutrition and exercise, though medications and insulin may be needed for some women.

Also Known As: GD
Examples:
Amanda was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in her last pregnancy.
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