Blood sugar tests are
done regularly to make sure your blood sugar level is within a target
Tests after delivery
After your baby is born, your
blood sugar level will be checked several times. Your baby's blood sugar level
will also be checked several times within the first few hours after birth.
Even though your gestational
diabetes will probably go away after your baby is born, you are at risk for
gestational diabetes again and for type 2 diabetes later
You may have a follow-up glucose tolerance
test 6 to 12 weeks after your baby is born or after you stop breast-feeding
your baby. If the results of this test are normal, experts recommend you get tested for type 2 diabetes at least every 3 years. Even if your sugar level is
normal, you are at increased risk of developing diabetes in the future. Eating
healthy foods and getting regular exercise can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
you want to get pregnant again, it is a good idea to be tested for diabetes both before
you become pregnant and early in your pregnancy.