Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

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Pregnancy can be a beautiful experience, one with anticipation of a wonderful addition to the family, but it doesn’t come without its risks. One complication during pregnancy can arise in the form of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), which develops roughly in 7% of all child-bearing women (higher or lower depending on the populace being studied), resulting in over 200,000 cases each year (Mahan et al., 2012). GDM was formerly determined to be any glucose intolerance that was first encountered during pregnancy, but because of the rise in child carrying mothers with undiagnosed diabetes, the diagnoses time-frame of GDM was changed to after the second trimester (Mahan et al., 2012). Now diagnoses are predominately detected in the second to the third trimester due to metabolic changes transpiring during this time (Mahan et al., 2012). Women with GDM are at risk for developing GDM in future pregnancies, as well as being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus soon after delivery or 5 to 10 years after a GDM pregnancy (Mahan et al., 2012).…show more content…
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