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Family First: Gestational Diabetes

By: Hywania Thompson
By: Hywania Thompson

Posted Friday, December 17, 2010---10:08 a.m.

Gestational diabetes can be risky for moms and their babies. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that is diagnosed at about 24 weeks of the pregnancy and is usually triggered by hormones.

Women at higher risk for the condition include those with a history of gestational diabetes or abnormal glucose tolerance, those with a family history of diabetes and women who are overweight or more than 25-years-old.

Babies who are born to moms who have gestational diabetes tend to be at risk for getting too big.

"They tend to sometimes develop extra amniotic fluid around them and some of the more worse cases they can have can have problems with low blood sugar in the few days to a few hours to few days after they are born," says Meriter Diabetes Educator April Eddy.

Eddy says women with gestational diabetes can manage their glucose levels by eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise.


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