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Pregnancy and Diabetes

Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section

  •  850-245-4465
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    Fax

    850-245-4047
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    Mailing Address

    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.

  • Learn how to get ready for a healthy pregnancy by visiting:

Potential Effects of Uncontrolled Diabetes Before and During Pregnancy*

Checking Your Knowledge: Diabetes and Pregnancy

 

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.

Gestational Diabetes 

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that may occur when a woman is pregnant. This type of diabetes is doctor-with-pregnant-womancaused 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 18 percent of women during pregnancy. It is important to diagnose and treat gestational diabetes to avoid health complications for you and your baby.

  • For more information on gestational diabetes, please visit the following pages: