Causes of Gestational Diabetes

We don’t know what causes gestational diabetes, but we have some clues. The placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin in her body. This problem is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance makes it hard for the mother’s body to use insulin. She may need up to three times as much insulin.

Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. This is called hyperglycemia.


Symptoms of Gestational diabetes


Risk factors of Gestational Diabetes

Complications of Gestational Diabetes

When to see a doctor for Gestational Diabetes

How to Treat Gestational Diabetes


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