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Gestational diabetes can affect about 4% of all pregnant woman. It usually appears midway through the second trimester and disappear after the birth. The risk factor of gestational diabetes are:
1. Obesity
2. Family history of type 2 diabetes
3. Older mom, over 35
4. Previously delivered large babies
5. Have high blood pressure
6. Ethnic Hispanic, African American, Native American, South or East Asian, or Pacific Islander.

Gestational diabetes needs to be properly controlled to ensure the health for both mom and the baby. It is important to have a good prenatal care for women who carry the risk factor. The treatments are a healthy, balanced diet, and more exercise. Insulin injection sometimes needed to keep the blood sugar level as close to normal as possible.

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