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Weight gain between pregnancies tied to gestational diabetes

​(Reuters Health) - Women who gain substantial amounts of weight after their first pregnancy may be more likely to develop gestational diabetes during their next pregnancy, a Norwegian study suggests.

Gestational diabetes is a form of glucose intolerance that develops for the first time during pregnancy. The condition is more common among women who are overweight or obese when they become pregnant or who gain a lot of weight during pregnancy.

“It is important to prevent gestational diabetes as it is associated with complications in mothers and babies during birth, and health care costs in mothers with gestational diabetes are 25 percent higher compared to non-diabetic mothers,” said lead study author Linn Marie Sorbye, a midwife and public health researcher at the University of Bergen in Norway.

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