Your health during pregnancy: gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes can occur when you're pregnant.
  • The word "gestational" means pregnant.
  • Diabetes means the levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood are high.
  • Your body turns many foods into sugar. If you have diabetes, your body has trouble using this sugar.
It's important to know if you have gestational diabetes.
  • Once you know, you can take care of your diabetes and have a healthy baby.
  • Only your health care provider can determine whether you have gestational diabetes.
To find out if you have gestational diabetes, your doctor will test your glucose levels, which requires drinking a sugary drink and getting your blood tested an hour later.
If the first test shows your blood sugar is high, your doctor will do a second test. This helps determine for sure whether you have gestational diabetes.

If you've been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, the materials below can help you to understand and better take care of yourself and your baby.