Gestational Diabetes, or GDM, is when a woman develops diabetes in pregnancy. In addition to having potentially serious complications during the pregnancy, GDM can have major impacts on both mum and baby long after baby's birth. For women these long-term impacts include but are not limited to:
Having a 50-70% lifetime risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and
Being 2x more likely to develop cardiovascular (heart) disease, and at a younger age, that women with no history of GDM.
For baby these long-term impacts include but are not limited to:
Higher risks of developing both childhood Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes later in life
There are ways women can reduce their risk of GDM and Type 2 diabetes. Speak to your obstetrician & gynaecologist, GP or healthcare provider about getting checked for GDM and Type 2 diabetes, and then what steps you can take to reduce your risks,