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What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes Mellitis (GDM) is a type of diabetes which affects women during pregnancy. Watch the video to find out more about how Gestational Diabetes affects the body.

Also see below:

Why am I being screened for Gestational Diabetes?

How will Gestational Diabetes be diagnosed?

What are the risks to me and my baby?

Why am I being screened for Gestational Diabetes?

There are many factors, including

  • weight,
  • family history and;
  • ethnic background

which can put you at higher risk of Gestational Diabetes. If you show any signs of Gestational Diabetes or fall into a high risk category you will be offered screening.

HOW WILL GESTATIONAL DIABETES BE DIAGNOSED?

Gestational Diabetes is usually diagnosed by an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. This video will tell you more.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS TO ME AND MY BABY?

Having Gestational Diabetes does mean there is a greater chance of health problems for mother and baby, but with appropriate care you can have a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth.