Gestational Diabetes Resources

Your doctor will give you a test when you are 5 to 6 months pregnant to see if you have gestational diabetes. If you’re at higher risk for getting gestational diabetes, you may get the test even earlier. It is important to find out if you have gestational diabetes because it can cause your baby to get too big, have breathing problems, low blood sugar, or birth defects. It might even mean that you will have your baby earlier than you are supposed to.

There are things that you can do to stay healthy while you are pregnant and to keep your baby healthy. Eating foods that are good for you and working out will help. You should also test your blood sugar regularly. You can do it at home and it only takes a minute, but it is important because your blood sugar can tell you if you are eating right and if you are making good choices. If your blood sugar is still too high, your doctor might give you insulin or pills to help keep your blood sugar low.

Working with your doctor is the best way to stay healthy and have a healthy baby. But did you know that a lot of moms who get gestational diabetes will also get Type 2 Diabetes after pregnancy? Please ask your doctor about getting tested for Type 2 Diabetes and what you can do to lower your risk.

African American Pregnant Woman being weighed by Latino nurse