What Increases Your Risk
You have an increased
chance of developing
gestational diabetes if:
- You are 25 or older when you become
- You have had gestational diabetes before.
- You have given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 lb (4
- You weighed more than 9 lb (4 kg) when you were
- You have a parent or sibling who has
type 2 diabetes.
- You are not physically
active before pregnancy.
- You are obese (your
body mass index [BMI] is 30 or
- You are a member of a racial group or ethnic group that has a high
risk of diabetes, such as Latin Americans, Native Americans, Asian
Americans, African Americans, or Pacific Islanders.
- You have
polycystic ovary syndrome.
- You have a
dark skin rash called acanthosis nigricans on the back of your neck or in folds on
- You take
- You have a history of prediabetes.
- You have a history of problems during pregnancy.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
November 3, 2011
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