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Gestational Diabetes (cont.)

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Can gestational diabetes be prevented?

Gestational diabetes cannot always be prevented, but you can minimize one important risk factor, since overweight and obesity increase the likelihood of developing gestational diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight and following a good nutritional plan both before and during pregnancy can decrease your chances of developing gestational diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight can also decrease your chances of developing type 2 diabetes after your pregnancy.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for gestational diabetes?

Most women with gestational diabetes who receive treatment go on to deliver healthy babies. The risk of complications increases when blood glucose levels are not properly managed. While some women with gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes after delivery, this risk can be reduced by following a good nutritional plan, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight.


American Diabetes Association. "Gestational Diabetes."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/26/2014

Source: MedicineNet.com

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