Gestational diabetes---possible Type 2?

hy guys,

We just had a baby boy 5 days ago for which i am very happy , however my wife who had GDM during pregnancy hasn’t resolved and i am fearing for worst that she is possible t2 and getting paranoid about it? she is pretty thin and i don’t remember her failing any fasting tests before pregnancy …however she did fail OGTT during pregnancy…my understanding was GDM resolves as soon as baby is delivered.does anyone here have any experience on gestational diabetes here and how long it takes to resolve?


Have your wife checked the next time the baby comes in for a checkup. Deal with the problem by getting information. Also, I would make sure she is eating right and getting enough sleep as far as it is possible with the madness that is going on.

And don’t let this mute the joy of your child’s birth for either of you. Congratulations!

@raj2 — Congratulations on the arrival of your baby!

Whilst GDM generally resolves almost immediately after delivery of the placenta, it may also unveil Type 2 or Type 1 diabetes.

If you’re able to provide more details, we (the Tudiabetes community) may be able to enlighten you a bit more. Is your wife monitoring her blood glucose? If so, what type of numbers is she seeing? Is she taking metformin and/or insulin? Does your wife’s family have a history of diabetes (T1 and/or T2) and/or any autoimmune disorders? Has your wife had c-peptide and/or autoantibody testing?

In the meantime, here are a couple of links:

Gestational diabetes identifies women at risk for permanent type 1 and type 2 diabetes in fertile age: predictive role of autoantibodies. >> Gestational diabetes identifies women at risk for permanent type 1 and type 2 diabetes in fertile age: predictive role of autoantibodies - PubMed

Latent type 1 diabetes presenting as atypical gestational diabetes >> Latent type 1 diabetes presenting as atypical gestational diabetes | SFEBES2008 | Society for Endocrinology BES 2008 | Endocrine Abstracts

Please try not to worry. Diabetes isn’t a death sentence – it’s a numbers game. :slight_smile:


I had gestational diabetes which never went away.

Diabetes is manageable.

Your wife can use the same tools she used during pregnancy to manage now.

More investigation will be needed.

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I was pregnant (I, too, have always been thin and never had any blood sugar problems pre-pregnancy). I did sporadic finger pricks after delivering my baby and they were in the normal range. A few weeks after giving birth, my doctor ordered a glucose tolerance test, which I passed. However, a few months later I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I agree that it’s best to keep an open line of communication with doctors. They are the ones who can run tests and help you understand what’s going on.


Singh, I can’t offer any advice, but I wish you, your wife and the new baby the most wonderful luck in the world - this is a great moment and I hope you and your wife get to enjoy is as much as possible, despite her present concern.

@Britt_J’s post had some really good questions to enable the community to help better.

@Britt_J, this is such a great quote. Thank you!!

Hi britt

My wife mom is type 2 and as far as I know no family history of autoimmune
diseases though as husband i have type 1… her fasting are mostly between
4.5 and 5.5 … however sometimes she comes at 5.8 or 6 which is pre
diabetic or diabetic range. She was diet controlled during pregnancy. She
hasn’t had any antibody testing yet.


mmol/L > mg/dL

4.5 = 81
5.5 = 99
5.8 = 104
6.0 = 108

4.5 to 5.5 or even 5.8 mmol/L is not bad. 6.0 mmol/L is starting to get higher but still not an overly concerned number.

I would definitely get the anti-body test as soon as it’s possible. It could easily be T1D or T2D. Best to know.