Postpartum Care of Women Affected by Diabetes: A Review of Current Trends
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a common complication that occurs during pregnancy, and the rate of diagnosis in the United States is on the rise. Early screening and treatment of GDM has the potential to make a positive difference for mothers and their infants. Multiple approaches for the screening of GDM have been recommended, including a two-step approach and a one-step approach. Since GDM may lead to an increased risk of birth defects, or may result in the development of type 2 diabetes for the mother after delivery, early treatment of GDM through diet, exercise, and possibly the administration of insulin and other medication can increase the chances of positive results.
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