What is the prognosis of gestational diabetes?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Gestational diabetes mellitus brings an increased risk for fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, as well as obstetric complications. There is an associated increased risk for obesity in offspring, as well as for glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes. [26, 27, 28]

For gestational diabetes mellitus, reclassification is performed at 6-12 weeks postpartum. In most patients with gestational DM, glucose tolerance becomes normal after delivery. The lifetime risk for IGT and diabetes is increased substantially in these women, however.


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