Researchers found that babies are six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes later in life if their mothers had gestational diabetes when they were pregnant, reports Mirror.co.uk. This is yet another reason why the old saying that “eating for two” when pregnant is strongly discouraged among pregnant women. Add that to the already identified risks of the baby having low blood pressure at birth, and being obese when they grow up.
An article on Philstar.com reports that a study by the Kaiser Permanent Center for Health Research indicates that Filipinas were found to have a high risk of developing gestational diabetes. Characterized by having high blood sugar levels during pregnancy, gestational diabetes puts the mother-to-be at risk for preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy), pre-term birth, C-section delivery, as well as developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Are you at risk for gestational diabetes? An article on SmartParenting.com.ph lists these risk factors:
Studies show that between 3 to 10% of women in the U.S., for instance, develop gestational diabetes.