gestational diabetes
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
  gestational diabetes : Risk for Developing Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes (also called glucose intolerance of pregnancy) is a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy. It affects two to four per cent of all pregnancies and involves an increased risk of developing diabetes for both mother and child.

Gestational diabetes means diabetes mellitus (high blood sugar) first found during pregnancy. In most cases, gestational diabetes is managed by diet and exercise and goes away after the baby is born.

Risk for Developing Gestational Diabetes

A family history of diabetes in parents or brothers and sisters.
Gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy.
The presence of a birth defect in a previous pregnancy.
Obesity in the woman, BMI greater than 29.
Older maternal age (over the age of 30).
Previous stillbirth or spontaneous miscarriage.
A previous delivery of a large baby (greater than 9 pounds).
A history of pregnancy induced high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, hydramnios (extra amniotic fluid), etc.
Women of Hispanic, First Nations, or of African-American decent.

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