Post pregnancy

Gestational diabetes usually goes away by itself after your baby is born and you should be able to stop taking any gestational diabetes medication after childbirth. However, some women continue to have high blood glucose levels after delivery.

before you’re discharged from hospital your medical team will run some tests to make sure your glucose levels have returned to normal. To make sure your blood glucose levels remain stable, you will be advised to have an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) six to twelve weeks after your baby is born.

It is important not to forget, or avoid having these follow up tests. You have a 60% risk of developing Type 2 diabetes at some point in your life after a diagnosis of gestational diabetes.

Your GP will do regular tests every couple of years to check for Type 2 diabetes, because of your increased risk and the symptoms are often silent and go unnoticed. However, if you do happen to notice any of the signs or symptoms of Type 2 diabetes like thirst, frequent urination, or tiredness, talk to your GP.

This handy guide Life after gestational diabetes provides you with information, hints and tips to help you stay healthy.

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