Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a temporary form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. Women with no prior record of diabetes develop high blood sugar levels that usually arise in the second half of the pregnancy. While GDM resolves itself soon after the baby is born, women with a history of GDM have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.1

All expectant mothers will be tested for GDM at some point in their pregnancy, and it affects 1 in every 5 women. Recent data has shown that up to 50 per cent more pregnant women in Singapore have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 2018.1

The danger of GDM arises when expectant mothers treat it as nothing more than a passing phase, believing it will resolve itself after their pregnancy. If left untreated, expectant mothers may develop high blood pressure or go into pre-term labour, which leads to an increased risk of both mother and foetal death.

When managed properly, women with GDM go on to have a healthy pregnancy and deliver healthy babies. Keeping GDM in check boils down to one factor – your diet. Healthy eating makes all the difference when it comes to GDM, as you are in control of keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy range.

READ ON FOR TIPS ON HOW TO COPE WITH GDM AND HOW TO AVOID THOSE HIDDEN SUGAR TRAPS