Gestational Diabetes Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Medically Reviewed by Kelsey Powell, MS, Medical Sciences

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Gestational diabetes is the term used to describe high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how the body processes sugars. Without effective management, it can affect the health of both the pregnant parent and the developing fetus. However, just because someone develops gestational diabetes doesn’t mean that they’ll also develop diabetes later in life. Typically, gestational diabetes resolves itself after birth, but while it’s active, it does require treatment to lessen its potential health effects.