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Gestational diabetes

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Introduction
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that affects women during pregnancy. Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood.
Symptoms of gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is usually diagnosed during routine screening. It often does not cause any symptoms at all.
Causes of gestational diabetes
Diabetes is caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. The amount of glucose in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin.
Diagnosing gestational diabetes
Every pregnant woman with one or more risk factors should be offered a screening test for gestational diabetes.
Treating gestational diabetes
If you have gestational diabetes, you will be advised about monitoring and controlling your blood glucose (sugar) levels. For at least 8 out of 10 women,
Complications of gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes can cause complications for both you and your baby.
Testing your glucose levels
Find out how you can test your own gestational diabetes, including finger prick testing and urine glucose testing.