After pregnancy

Gestational diabetes usually goes away by itself after your baby is born and you should be able to stop taking any gestational diabetes medication after childbirth. However, some women continue to have high blood glucose levels after birth.

Before you’re discharged from hospital your medical team will run some tests to make sure your glucose levels have returned to normal. To make sure your blood glucose levels remain stable, you will be advised to have an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) six to twelve weeks after your baby is born.

It is important not to forget, or avoid having these follow up tests. After a diagnosis of gestational diabetes, you have a 60% risk of developing Type 2 diabetes at some point later in life. (1)

Your GP will do regular tests every couple of years to check for Type 2 diabetes, because of your increased risk and the symptoms are often silent and go unnoticed. However, if you do happen to notice any of the signs or symptoms of Type 2 diabetes like thirst, frequent urination, or tiredness, talk to your GP.

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(1) Noctor E, Dunne FP. Type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes: the influence of changing diagnostic criteria. World J Diabetes 2015; 6(2):234–244.

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