Did you have gestational diabetes? If you’re among the estimated 2 to 10% of all pregnant women who do get it, it’s important to know that you now have a higher risk than average of getting type 2 diabetes in your lifetime.
According to the National Diabetes Education Program, “Women with a history of gestational diabetes have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years, and should be tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born. If they do not have diabetes at that point, they continue to be at risk and should talk to their doctor about additional testing. It’s also important to note that the child from a pregnancy affected by gestational diabetes may also be at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes in the future.”
The National Diabetes Education Program has created a tip sheet for women who have had gestational diabetes called “Did You Have Gestational Diabetes When You Were Pregnant? What You Need to Know” which offers information and action steps you and your family can take to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. Be sure to check it out.