Each year gestational diabetes (GDM), a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, occurs in somewhere between two and 10 percent of all pregnancies. Women who have had GDM have a 35% to 60% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10-20 years. And the mom isn't the only one at risk - her child of that pregnancy may be at an increased risk for developing obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life
In support of Mother’s Day, the NDEP is urging women with a history of GDM to take action steps to learn what they can do for themselves and their child to stay healthy:
• Get tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after your baby is born and talk to your doctor about your test results and what you can do to stay healthy.
• Tell your doctor or health care team if you had GDM and if you want to get pregnant again.
• Take steps to lower your chances of getting type 2 diabetes by being more active and making healthy food choices.
• Make sure your history of GDM is in your child’s health record.
• Help your children be healthy and lower their chances of getting type 2 diabetes by doing things together as a family, such as making healthy meals or playing active games together and limiting TV, video, and computer game time to an hour or two a day.
Find more about what you (and your child) can do to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes; visit the National Diabetes Education Program website at YourDiabetesInfo.org/GDM .
The National Diabetes Education Program is a federally-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes over 200 partners at the federal, state and local levels, working together to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, promote early diagnosis, and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.