Gestational diabetes

Dr Zoë Stewart
MBBS (Hons) BMedSc (Hons)
Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge

GESTATIONAL diabetes mellitus (GDM) is the most common medical condition in pregnancy, affecting about one in 12 mothers and babies in Australia.

While some degree of insulin resistance results from normal pregnancy-related hormonal changes, resistance that causes hyperglycaemia during pregnancy can lead to a range of complications, including pre-eclampsia, premature delivery, caesarean section delivery, macrosomia