Downloadable documents – Diabetes

Mayo Clinic - Causes of gestational diabetes

Researchers don’t yet know exactly why some women develop gestational diabetes. To understand how gestational diabetes occurs, it can help to understand how pregnancy affects your body’s normal processing of glucose.

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Mayo Clinic - Risk factors of gestational diabetes

Any woman can develop gestational diabetes, but some women are at greater risk.

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Mayo Clinic - Definition of gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your baby’s health.

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Mayo Clinic - Complications of gestational diabetes

Most women who have gestational diabetes deliver healthy babies. However, gestational diabetes that’s not carefully managed can lead to uncontrolled blood sugar levels and cause problems for you and your baby, including an increased likelihood of needing delivery by C-section.

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Mayo Clinic - Symptoms of gestational diabetes

For most women, gestational diabetes doesn’t cause noticeable signs or symptoms. Rarely, gestational diabetes may cause excessive thirst or increased urination.

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HSFSA nutrition in pregnancy guidelines

It is very important that you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes adequate amounts of nutritious foods and regular exercise, especially during pregnancy. The maternal diet should include enough energy and nutrients to provide for the growth and development of the unborn baby as well as to ensure health and intelligence in the child later in life.

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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – why your weight matters during pregnancy and aft

Most women who are overweight have a straightforward pregnancy and birth and deliver healthy babies. However being overweight does increase the risk of complications to both you and your baby. This information is about the extra care you will be offered during your pregnancy and how you can minimise the risks to you and your baby in this pregnancy, and in a future pregnancy. Your healthcare professionals will not judge you for being overweight and will give you all the support that you need.

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