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How Is Gestational Diabetes Treated?

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Depending on how well-controlled your diabetes is and how your pregnancy is progressing, the doctor may track your baby’s size more closely during the last weeks or months before your due date. He might request an ultrasound if the baby appears to be growing very large.

While most women with gestational diabetes are able to have a normal labor and vaginal delivery, some doctors prefer to deliver the baby earlier than the due date. Yours may suggest a cesarean section if the baby grows too large.

After delivery, the doctor will check to make sure your blood sugar levels have returned to normal. You'll need to have your levels rechecked about 6 weeks after delivery, and then yearly after that.

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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on March 10, 2015
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