Many women during the course of their pregnancy can develop gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of this form of diabetes does not mean that you’ve had diabetes prior to pregnancy or that you will have it after giving birth.
It is not exactly known how gestational diabetes occurs, but through research, we have some clues. You placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones produced by the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones can also inhibit the mother’s insulin in her body. She may need as much as three times the normal amount of insulin. Read more about What is gestational diabetes?