Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that appears during pregnancy. It typically appears at the 20th week of gestation, abating once the delivery is done.
Unlike other types of diabetes, the gestational type is not caused by a lack of insulin, but for a blockage of its functioning, produced by the hormones secreted during pregnancy.
The risks of suffering this condition are diverse, among them are macrosomy (the newborn being abnormally large at the moment of delivery). That can difficult the vaginal delivery, solved in many cases by performing caesareans.
Despite gestational diabetes is a cause for concern, it can be treated and controlled, protecting the health of both the baby and the mother.