Glucose intolerance during pregnancy
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (diabetes) that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy.
Pregnancy hormones can block insulin from doing its job. When this happens, glucose levels may increase in a pregnant woman's blood.
You are at greater risk for gestational diabetes if you:
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