Gestational Diabetes

You’re at risk for gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant) if you:
• Had gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy.
• Have given birth to a baby who weighed over 9 pounds.
• Are overweight.
• Are more than 25 years old.
• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
• Have a hormone disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
• Are an African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander person.

Gestational diabetes usually goes away after you give birth, but increases your risk for type 2 diabetes. Your baby is more likely to have obesity as a child or teen, and to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
Before you get pregnant, you may be able to prevent gestational diabetes with lifestyle changes. These include losing weight if you’re overweight, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular physical activity.

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