Frequently Asked Questions

5. Is there a type of diabetes that is associated with pregnancy?

Yes, gestational diabetes. Some women develop gestational diabetes during the late stages of pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is caused by the hormones of pregnancy or a shortage of insulin. Although this form of diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, a woman who has had it is more likely to develop diabetes later in life. In fact, women who have had gestational diabetes have a 35% to 60% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10-20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).