Women who are at elevated risk for developing gestational diabetes include those who:
• are aged 25 or older when pregnant;
• are from a high risk ethnic group such as Hispanic
American, African American, Native American, Southeast Asian, or Pacific Islander;
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• have a family history of diabetes;
• previously gave birth to a baby that weighed more than
9 pounds or had a birth defect;
• have high blood pressure;
• have too much amniotic fluid;
• have had an unexplained miscarriage or stillbirth;
• were overweight or obese prior to pregnancy;
• gain excessive weight during pregnancy;
• have polycystic ovarian syndrome (NIH, 2014b).
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