What are the risk factors for gestational diabetes?

Q: What are the risk factors for gestational diabetes?

A: Although gestational diabetes can strike any pregnant woman, there are several factors that could increase your chances of developing it. Risk factors include:

-Age greater than 25

-Family history of diabetes

-Obesity prior to pregnancy

-History of birthing big babies (over 9 pounds)

-High blood pressure

-Excess amniotic fluid (called polyhydramnios)

-History of unexplained miscarriage or stillbirth

-Personal history of gestational diabetes

-Being African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander

Answered by Parents.com-Team

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