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What is Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes and gestational diabetes mellitus are the same thing.
In a nutshell, gestational diabetes is defined as consistently high blood sugar in a pregnant woman.
What gestational diabetes means is that the insulin your body produces is either (1) not enough or (2) not effective to keep your blood sugar in a safe range.
It’s called gestational diabetes because it was first noticed (or diagnosed) during pregnancy.
How did I get gestational diabetes?
It’s possible that you were pre-diabetic or diabetic before conceiving and just didn’t know it.
If you’re still early in your first trimester, you can discuss getting a HbA1c blood test to see if you had diabetes before conceiving. The HbA1c test tells your average blood sugar over the past three months.
A gestational diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean you were unhealthy before; sometimes it’s simply because your body is processing pregnancy hormones.
Whether you were healthy, skinny, a runner, a clean eater, or whatever doesn’t matter when it comes to gestational diabetes. The reality is that your body undergoes numerous changes during pregnancy and your hormones are thrown out of whack.
Regardless of the situation, the diabetes has to be treated to maintain healthy blood sugars and keep your baby safe and healthy.
Learn how gestational diabetes affects pregnancy.
Full gestational diabetes article with linked research.