What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes, a temporary condition which affects five to seven percent of pregnant women, is brought on by certain hormonal changes. During pregnancy, the pancreas sometimes cannot produce enough insulin for the body to properly absorb glucose, resulting in high blood sugar levels. Fortunately, this condition can be controlled through careful attention to diet and exercise, with controlled gestational diabetes having no ill effects on either mother or baby. For more information on the causes of gestational diabetes, check out this video.

The OB/GYNs affiliated with Riverside Community Hospital can help you handle gestational diabetes as well as other pregnancy-related conditions. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000 for physician referrals and answers to your health-related questions.

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