Gestational Diabetes & Postpartum Depression: More Than The Baby Blues
There is evidence that mothers diagnosed with gestational diabetes have an elevated risk of developing postpartum depression symptoms.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop in the late stages of pregnancy in women who don’t already have diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs most frequently among Black, Latina, and American Indian women. Although this form of diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, a woman who has had gestational diabetes has a 20 to 50 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the next five to 10 years. She’s also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. Every year, 2 to 10 percent of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes.