Gestational Diabetes

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 diabetes.


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.