During pregnancy, an organ called the
placenta develops in the
uterus. The placenta connects the mother and baby and
makes sure the baby has enough food and water. It also makes several hormones.
Some of these hormones make it hard for
insulin to do its job—controlling blood sugar—so the
mother's body has to make more insulin to keep sugar levels in a safe range.
Gestational diabetes develops when the organ that
makes insulin, the
pancreas , cannot make enough insulin to keep blood
sugar levels within a target range.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
November 3, 2011
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