What Increases Your Risk
You have an increased chance of developing gestational diabetes if:
- You are 25 or older when you become pregnant.
- You have had gestational diabetes before.
- You have given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 lb (4 kg).
- You weighed more than 9 lb (4 kg) when you were born.
- You have a parent or sibling who has Reference type 2 diabetes Opens New Window.
- You are not physically active before pregnancy.
- You are obese (your Reference body mass index Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window[BMI] is 30 or higher).
- 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 Reference polycystic ovary syndrome Opens New Window.
- You have a dark skin rash called Reference acanthosis nigricans Opens New Window on the back of your neck or in folds on your body.
- You take Reference corticosteroid Opens New Window medicine.
- You have a history of prediabetes.
- You have a history of problems during pregnancy.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 3, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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