Can diabetes develop for the first time in pregnancy?

Yes. So-called ''gestational diabetes'' may develop in pregnancy even if there was no evidence of diabetes before pregnancy. Gestational diabetes usually develops after 20 weeks, and is less likely to cause birth defects and serious complications for the mother than pre-existing diabetes. It may lead to large babies, however, which is why regular growth scans are often performed. It can usually be brought under control with diet alone but some women need to take insulin just as an insulin dependent diabetic would. The good news is that it almost always resolves straight after pregnancy, although it is likely to happen again in a subsequent pregnancy.
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