Pregnancy & prenatal testing
At each antenatal visit, the expectant mother will be asked to give a urine specimen that will be screened for the presence of sugar and/or protein.

Sugar present in urine may be a sign of diabetes

A small percentage of women with no prior history will develop diabetes during the latter part of pregnancy. Diabetes during pregnancy is referred to as gestational diabetes. Some centres screen all women with a glucose drink and blood test to detect gestational diabetes, and other centres only screen women in at-risk groups. The condition does not continue following delivery, however women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing diabetes later in life.

Related tests: Urinalysis
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