Health Tip: Risk Factors for Gestational Diabetes

It begins during pregnancy

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- Gestational diabetes starts in women during pregnancy, then often disappears after the baby is born.

Women who develop the condition should be carefully monitored throughout pregnancy, and should carefully manage their diet.

Here are common risk factors for gestational diabetes, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • Being of African or Hispanic descent.
  • Becoming pregnant when older than 25.
  • Having had a child with a birth defect.
  • Having had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
  • Being obese.
  • Having frequent infections.
  • Having an unexplained miscarriage, or having a newborn who died.


Last Updated: