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Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that can develop during pregnancy. It affects women who haven't been affected by diabetes before.

It means you have high blood sugar and need to take extra care of yourself and your bump. This will include eating well and keeping active

It usually goes away again after giving birth. It is usually diagnosed from a blood test 24 to 28 weeks into pregnancy.

If you’ve found out you have gestational diabetes, you’re not alone. You’ll get lots of extra care and support from your care team at every stage. And we’re here to support you and your loved ones too. Contact our helpline for support, advice or just a chat on 0345 123 2399 or or reach out to others on our forum

Watch BBC Radio newsreader Roisin Hastie's experience of gestational diabetes.


Gestational diabetes symptoms

Learn about the common symptoms to look out for.

Gestational diabetes tests

Find out how gestational diabetes is diagnosed.

How to reduce your risk

It’s not always possible to prevent gestational diabetes, but you can take steps to try and reduce your risk.

Treatments for gestational diabetes

Find out how diet, physical activity and medication can help gestational diabetes.

What can I eat with gestational diabetes?

Read our tips on eating healthily to help manage your gestational diabetes.

What care to expect

Find out what care and information you should receive.

Complications of gestational diabetes

Learn about the risks of complications for you or your baby if gestational diabetes is untreated.

What causes gestational diabetes?

Find out why some women develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

Order your free gestational diabetes guide

Order a copy of our guide for more advice on having a healthy pregnancy with gestational diabetes.
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Content last reviewed
01 March 2023
Next review due
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