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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48-56

Gestational diabetes mellitus

Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India

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Pregnancy may be complicated by a variety of disorders and conditions that can profoundly affect the health of a woman and her fetus. Some of them may exist prior to the woman becoming pregnant, while some may begin with pregnancy. Diabetes mellitus is the most common metabolic complication of pregnancy, which affects the progress of pregnancy and development the fetus. This article reviews the types, pathophysiology, risk factors, diagnosis, effects of diabetes on pregnancy and the fetus and aims to equip the nursing personnel with the knowledge required to provide appropriate care to such women with gestational diabetes mellitus.

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