5. Get tested post-delivery
Care for gestational and other types of diabetes doesn’t end with a healthy delivery. Recently, the Canadian Diabetes Association launched an education program designed at getting women who’d had gestational diabetes back in their doctors’ offices for postnatal tests.
University of Toronto researchers linked gestational diabetes to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes within nine years after giving birth. “By diagnosing prediabetes and managing it with lifestyle counseling—for example, diet, weight loss and exercise—we can reduce the risk of diabetes by 60 percent,” Snyder says.