What is gestational diabetes?
Gestational Diabetes (also known as GDM) is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Gestational means "in pregnancy". Diabetes means having more sugar (glucose) in your blood than your body needs or uses. For most women, it begins during the second trimester. Sometimes women develop diabetes before pregnancy. If you have gestational diabetes, your blood sugar is elevated because of the foods that you eat and pregnancy hormones. Normally, the body changes food into glucose. Insulin, which is a hormone that the body produces, helps to turn glucose into energy. With diabetes, either the body does not make enough insulin or it is not able to use insulin appropriately. As a result, the blood sugar goes up too high.
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Sweet Success, the California Diabetes And Pregnancy Program, is for pregnant patients with a history of diabetes or gestational diabetes. Learn how to control your glucose level, to protect you and your baby. Doctor’s referral is required