Risk factors of Gestational Diabetes

Any woman can develop gestational diabetes, but some women are at greater risk. Risk factors for gestational diabetes include:

  • Age greater than 25. Women older than age 25 are more likely to develop gestational diabetes.
  • Family or personal health history. Your risk of developing gestational diabetes increases if you have prediabetes — slightly elevated blood sugar that may be a precursor to type 2 diabetes — or if a close family member, such as a parent or sibling, has type 2 diabetes.
  • Previous gestational pregnancy. You’re also more likely to develop gestational diabetes if you had it during a previous pregnancy.
  • Previous delivery of large baby. If you delivered a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms), or if you had an unexplained stillbirth.
  • Excess weight. You’re more likely to develop gestational diabetes if you’re significantly overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
  • Nonwhite race. For reasons that aren’t clear, women who are black, Hispanic, American Indian or Asian are more likely to develop gestational diabetes.


Symptoms of Gestational diabetes

Causes of Gestational Diabetes


Complications of Gestational Diabetes

When to see a doctor for Gestational Diabetes

How to Treat Gestational Diabetes


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