HEALTH FEATURE ARCHIVE
Gestational Diabetes - Are You at Risk?
Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes mellitus that appears during pregnancy (gestation) in a women who previously did not have diabetes and usually goes away after the baby is born.
Answer the questions below to learn your risk level for gestational diabetes.
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you are at high risk for gestational diabetes.
If you answered yes to only one of these questions, you are at average risk for gestational diabetes.
If you answered no to all of these questions, you are at low risk for gestational diabetes.
Keep in mind that every pregnancy is different. Even if you didn't have gestational diabetes when you were pregnant before, you might get it during your current pregnancy. Or, if you had gestational diabetes before, you may not get it with this pregnancy. Follow your doctor's or nurse's advice about your risk level and getting tested.
Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/gest_diabetes.htm)
Last Editorial Review: 8/2/2002