Gestational Diabetes

If you are pregnant and not already known to have diabetes, it is recommended that you have a glucose challenge test between the 24th and the 28th weeks of pregnancy. The center also offers a gestational diabetes workshop. You may request an appointment online, or contact the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center at 515-956-2880 for more information.

What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that may occur in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. It affects up to 10 percent of the pregnant population, though approximately 98 percent of all women with gestational diabetes no longer have diabetes after delivery.

What are the risks for developing gestational diabetes?

Known risks that can increase your chances for developing gestational diabetes include:

  • Family history of diabetes
  • Your own birth weight, if above nine pounds
  • Obesity
  • History of sugar in the urine
  • Poor obstetric history
  • Being pregnant in later childbearing years

Learn more about gestational diabetes.

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