Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes, or diabetes during pregnancy, is diabetes that first develops when a woman is pregnant. All pregnant women are screened for gestational diabetes – usually between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy and earlier for women with risk factors. Those most at risk for gestational diabetes are women who:

  • have a family history of diabetes
  • had a baby who weighed more than nine pounds
  • had a miscarriage
  • are older than 25
  • have had a stillbirth in a previous pregnancy
  • are African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, Latina or Pacific Islander
  • are overweight

Many women can have healthy pregnancies if they manage their diabetes, following a diet and treatment plan from their health care provider. Uncontrolled gestational diabetes increases the risk for preterm labor and delivery, preeclampsia, and high blood pressure.

If you develop gestational diabetes, the Jersey City Medical Center OB/GYN team will closely monitor you and your baby to ensure proper health.