eight million women have diabetes, a condition that affects the way your body uses food. Some develop diabetes as children. Others, especially if they are overweight, become diabetic when they are adults. In addition, one in 20 pregnant women gets a type of diabetes called gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes develops in about 4 percent of all pregnant women - about 135,000 pregnant women in the united states each year.
Unlike other types of diabetes that last a lifetime, gestational diabetes usually disappears when a woman gives birth.
Up to 50% of women with gestational diabetes will, however, develop permanent type 2 diabetes within 10 to 15 years.
If you have had gestational diabetes once, you're likely to develop it again in subsequent pregnancies.
If you are overweight after pregnancy, you have a 60% chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years. If you maintain a reasonable weight and exercise regularly, your chances of developing diabetes are less than 25%.
And the symptons are:
urinating more than usual, as the body tries to get rid of the extra sugar in the blood
feeling unusually thirsty, because the body needs to replace the lost fluid
feeling hungry while losing weight
skin sores that won't heal
My cousin had it through both her pregnancies & I think it went when the children were born! U have to take extra special care of yourself & you may feel sleepy & go to the toilet a lot! (which im sure u do anyways since ur preggers!)