Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in
pregnancy. Between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of pregnant
women will develop gestational diabetes. All women are checked for
gestational diabetes between weeks 24 to 28 of pregnancy.
The good news is gestational diabetes usually goes away once the
baby is born. It is recommended that women with gestational
diabetes undergo an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) six to eight
weeks after the delivery, to show whether blood glucose levels are
back to target range.
Women with gestational diabetes can still have a healthy baby
but it is important that gestational diabetes is managed to reduce
your risk of developing complications during your pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes will not lead to your baby being born with
For mothers, there is an increased risk of developing type 2
diabetes later in life, with a 30 to 50 per cent chance of
developing it within 15 years after your pregnancy. Maintaining a
healthy lifestyle will reduce the risk significantly.