Motherhood is hard work. Diabetes is too.

Motherhood is hard work. Diabetes is too.

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Learn how to navigate the challenges of motherhood while managing your diabetes with confidence.

Diabetes can begin during pregnancy and is a common complication. Every year, 2-10% of pregnancies in the US are affected by gestational diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This National Diabetes Awareness Month, we give the spotlight to moms and moms-to-be wherever they are – at home, at work, in the military – and support their awareness of diabetes during pregnancy and how it increases risks of developing this chronic disease later in life for both mother and baby.

We salute you!

Show moms and moms-to-be some love by learning more about gestational diabetes and telling her you appreciate how hard she works for those she loves and serves, especially if she is in the military.

Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes first diagnosed during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes. It is the leading cause of high blood sugar and a common complication associated with pregnancy. While gestational diabetes often goes away after delivery, it can still have a significant impact on mother and baby immediately and later in life.


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