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Gestational Diabetes

Total Diabetes Care During Your Pregnancy

If you develop gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, we’ll help you manage it. At Banner Health, we offer comprehensive maternity services, diabetes self-management classes and support to help keep you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy and after your delivery.

What Is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a condition that can happen during pregnancy and usually goes away once your baby is born. It’s caused by insulin resistance. This is a condition that occurs when you produce enough insulin, but your body does not use it to convert sugar (glucose) into the energy it needs. As a result, you have too much sugar in your blood.

How Is Gestational Diabetes Treated?

If it’s left untreated, gestational diabetes can lead to complications for you and your baby. We recommend screenings for all women during pregnancy. If you’re diagnosed with gestational diabetes, your doctor will outline a plan that’s best for you and your baby.

Treatment for gestational diabetes usually includes a special diet, regular exercise and monitoring your blood sugar. In addition, treatment can sometimes include insulin injections.