Risk Factors for Gestational Diabetes
Obesity or Overweight
Gestational Diabetes in a Previous Pregnancy
Family History of Diabetes
- Hispanic American
- Native American
- Asian American
- African American
- Pacific Islander
Previous Delivery of a Large Baby
Other Risk Factors
- Having a history of glucose intolerance
- Having a history of polycystic ovary syndrome
- Being pregnant with more than one fetus (multiple gestation)
- Gaining weight rapidly during pregnancy
- Sleep-disordered breathing—abnormal breathing during sleep ranging from snoring to sleep apnea
- Having risk factors related to childbirth (such, having a previous stillbirth , having a child with a birth defect, having too much amniotic fluid surrounding baby during pregnancy)
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 11, 2012. Accessed August 17, 2012.
What I need to know about gestational diabetes. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) website. Available at: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/gestational/#7. Updated December 6, 2011. Accessed August 17, 2012.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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