Pregnancy isn’t for the faint of heart. In addition to everyday annoyances like nausea, swelling, backaches, and gas, up to 10 percent of moms-to-be are also stuck with gestational diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This type of diabetes develops during pregnancy, typically in the second or third trimester. It’s caused by a surge of insulin-impairing hormones produced by the placenta which raise blood sugar. Over time high blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance, and in some cases, it can progress to gestational diabetes. All pregnant women are at risk for gestational diabetes, but being overweight before getting pregnant, gaining too much weight during pregnancy, or having a family history of diabetes can all increase your risk, according to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Gestational diabetes usually goes away after giving birth, but it could increase your risk of type 2 diabetes later in life.