Gestational Diabetes
Dr Danie Schneider
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Somerset West

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs and is diagnosed during pregnancy. Today, as many as one in five pregnancies result in gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes usually has no symptoms and this is the reason why most pregnant women should have a glucose screening test.

Did you know?

  • Most women who develop diabetes during pregnancy have healthy babies?
  • Dietary changes and exercise may be enough to keep your blood sugar levels under control, although sometimes medication is needed.
  • Dr Schneider has a special interest in managing diabetes in pregnancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have gestational diabetes?

You are at increased risk if you are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, have high blood pressure or are known to be insulin resistant. If you had diabetes in a previous pregnancy, you are at increased risk of developing the disease again. Older moms are also at increased risk.

Any woman is, however, at risk of developing gestational diabetes and screening for diabetes is standard internationally.

What can I do to reduce my risk?

You can lower your risk of developing gestational diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight prior to and during your pregnancy. Eat a diet low in sugar (especially fructose sugars) and exercise moderately before and during your pregnancy to reduce your risk. Schedule a preconception visit with Dr Schneider if you are in any doubt or are unsure about what measures to follow.