24 May 2022

Tests for gestational diabetes

If you think you have gestational diabetes, don't worry, a medical team will test you to see if you do.

Gestational diabetes is detected between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy using a relatively simple and quick test. They will measure your blood sugar levels in an oral glucose tolerance test.

You are then asked to ingest a large amount of glucose at one time, and then the test is done by taking two blood samples, one hour and then two hours after ingestion.

A single blood glucose value equal to or higher than the defined thresholds establishes the diagnosis.