Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gestational Diabetes Risk Factors

Gestational Diabetes
Risk Factors

Obesity prior to pregnancy is a major risk factor for gestational diabetes. Other risk factors are also:

- age over 25 years
- genetic predisposition for diabetes (family history of diabetes)
- the existence of gestational diabetes in previous pregnancy
- hypertension, urinary tract infections, hidramnios (excess amniotic fluid)
- birth of a baby with birth defects, premature birth, birth with stillbirth or birth of a child weighing less than 4 kg.
- belonging to an ethnic group at high risk: women of Hispanic origin (Latin Americans), Native American, African American, SE Asian

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