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Gestational Diabetes Screening: Questions for the doctor

Gestational (“jes-TAY-shon-al”) diabetes is a type of diabetes that some women develop during pregnancy.

When you have diabetes, there is too much sugar (called glucose) in your blood. If you develop gestational diabetes, it can lead to health problems for you and your baby during and after pregnancy. For example:

If you have gestational diabetes, you and your doctor or midwife can work together to protect your health and your baby’s health. You can reduce your risk for gestational diabetes by eating healthy and staying active during your pregnancy.

Getting tested for gestational diabetes is part of regular prenatal care (health care during pregnancy). The test is usually done between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy.

What about cost?

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans must cover testing for gestational diabetes. Depending on your plan, you may be able to get screened at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.

What do I ask the doctor?

Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down before your appointment. Print this list of questions, and take it with you the next time you visit your doctor or midwife.