During pregnancy the body goes through many changes and requires more insulin, which helps with control of blood sugar levels. Such changes sometimes leave a woman vulnerable to developing gestational diabetes — a type of the disease that occurs only during pregnancy.
Screening for gestational diabetes — where commonly there aren’t any obvious signs or symptoms of the condition — is routinely done between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. But some women who are at higher risk may be tested for preexisting diabetes at the first prenatal visit.
Read the full story from U.S. News and World Report, featuring a quote from Leo Brancazio,M.D., chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at West Virginia University School of Medicine.