Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops or is first recognized during pregnancy. You are at risk for gestational diabetes if you:

Had a previous pregnancy with gestational diabetes

Had a baby born weighing more than 9 pounds

Are overweight or obese

Are more than 25 years old

Have a family history of diabetes

Are African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Are being treated for HIV

The good news is there are things you can do before you become pregnant to reduce your chances of developing gestational diabetesduring pregnancy:

Talk with a healthcare provider about how to reduce your risk of gestational diabetes before becoming pregnant.

Be physically active. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week.

Make healthy food choices.

Maintain a healthy weight.

— Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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