Diabetes During Pregnancy: What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a temporary type of diabetes mellitus that occurs in about 18% of pregnant women.  Although the cause of this disease is not known for sure, scientist believe gestational diabetes could be the result of pregnancy hormones blocking the action of insulin in a mother’s body, causing insulin resistance.  In this video, you can learn more about how high blood sugar levels can occur in women with gestational diabetes and what a mother can do to keep her baby healthy during pregnancy. 

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