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What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops or is first recognized during pregnancy, caused by the hormones of pregnancy or a shortage of insulin. It occurs in some women in the late stages of pregnancy. Although this form of diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, a woman who has had it is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases in the United States each year.
Gestational Diabetes Management Collaborative Final Reports