Pregnancy and Diabetes
Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section
Maternal and Child Health Section
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721
Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot change sugars and starches (carbohydrates) into energy. This happens when the body cannot make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes. As a result, extra sugar in the blood can lead to damage in the blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, heart, and nerves.
If you are a woman with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you can have a healthy baby, but you will need to take extra care before and during your pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that may occur when a woman is pregnant. This type of diabetes is caused by a change in the way a woman's body responds to the hormone insulin during her pregnancy. This change results in elevated levels of blood sugar, also known as blood glucose.
Gestational diabetes affects an estimated five percent of women during pregnancy. It is important to diagnose and treat gestational diabetes to avoid health complications for you and your baby.