What is insulin resistance and gestational diabetes?
Your pancreas produces the hormone insulin to control the glucose levels in your blood after you eat and absorb ‘sugars’ (food). During pregnancy the placenta releases other hormones that can interfere with this process. More insulin than usual is needed to control sugar levels, creating a condition called insulin resistance or pre-diabetes. If left unmanaged, your pancreas becomes overworked and may not be able to create enough insulin to control your blood sugar levels. Your glucose levels rise above what is healthy putting you at risk of gestational diabetes