Women who are able to effectively manage their gestational diabetes and keep blood glucose levels in a safe range dramatically reduce the risk of complications for both themselves and their baby.
The potential complications of uncontrolled gestational diabetes include:
There’s no surefire way of preventing gestational diabetes, but preconception planning may help reduce some of the risk factors associated with the condition, such as excess weight.
Strategies that are known to improve insulin resistance
and that may make a difference in developing gestational diabetes include:
If you’re planning a pregnancy, talk to your doctor about your gestational diabetes risk and how to lower it.