This year’s National Diabetes Month focus is promoting health after gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Mothers who’ve had gestational diabetes need to know that they and their children have an increased lifelong risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
If you’ve had gestational diabetes –
1. Get tested for type 2 diabetes within 12 weeks after your baby is born. If the test is normal, get tested every 3 years.
2. Talk to your doctor if you plan to become pregnant again in the future.
3. Tell your child’s doctor if you had gestational diabetes.
4. Keep up healthy habits for a lifetime to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
For more about gestational diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes, visit niddk.nih.gov.