Healthy Moments: Promoting Health after Gestational Diabetes

DR. RODGERS: If you’ve had gestational diabetes during
pregnancy, did you know that you’re at increased risk for developing diabetes in the future? Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of
the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH. Most of the time, gestational diabetes goes
away after the baby is born. However, about half of all women with gestational
diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. That’s why it’s important to get tested
for diabetes within 12 weeks after your baby is born, and then every 1 to 3 years. You should also talk to your doctor if you
plan to become pregnant again. Keep up the healthy habits you had during
pregnancy. Research shows that maintaining a healthy
lifestyle can reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This means making healthy food choices and
staying active. These are steps that are good for mom, baby,
and the entire family. Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKGov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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