Gestational Diabetes

The following information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice or used to alter medical therapy. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs in women during pregnancy. About 12-14% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes, usually around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy.

For most women gestational diabetes goes away after the baby is born.

During pregnancy, some of the hormones produced by the placenta reduce the action of insulin. If the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin, blood glucose levels rise and gestational diabetes develops.

Read more in our Understanding gestational diabetes factsheet.

Below are some resources that you may find helpful in managing gestational diabetes.

Caring For Yourself and Your Baby

This booklet provides comprehensive information about gestational diabetes, its management and where to get assistance when required. This booklet is sent to every woman diagnosed with gestational diabetes when registering with the NDSS.

The booklet is available as an eBook and as a PDF

Life After Gestational Diabetes

This booklet is sent to every woman diagnosed with gestational diabetes who is registered with the NDSS. It is designed to assist women who have had gestational diabetes, and their families to understand how to take steps to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The booklet is available as an eBook and as a PDF

Translated Resources

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