Gestational diabetes can develop during pregnancy, when the body produces more hormones, making the cells more resistant to insulin than normal. When this happens, the pancreas begins to create more of the blood sugar hormone but, sometimes, the pancreas cannot keep up with the amount body needs. Too much glucose stays in the bloodstream, and the expectant mother develops symptoms of diabetes. Once the baby has been born, the symptoms resolve, but women who have gestational diabetes are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes later.
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