Gestational Diabetes - Risk Factors

What risk factors do you have for gestational diabetes?

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What are risk factors for gestational diabetes?

Some degree of insulin resistance and impaired glucose tolerance is normal in late pregnancy. However, in some women, this is enough to produce diabetes of pregnancy, or gestational diabetes. There are several risk factors that can increase your risk of getting gestational diabetes. Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a history of gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy
  • Having had a baby with a high birth weight (over 9 pounds)
  • Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Being of African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander American ethnicity
  • Having pre-diabetes
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