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I thought it important to include some more information about gestational diabetes and those most at risk during pregnancy. We have tapped into the fabulous Health Navigator New Zealand website, which is full of information about gestational diabetes. Below is an extract from their site. To learn so much more about this subject, click on the link above.

Some women are at high risk of developing this condition. The risk factors include:

  • overweight/obesity
  • excessive weight gain in pregnancy
  • family history of diabetes
  • over 30 years of age
  • previous history of gestational diabetes
  • poor obstetric history – unexplained stillbirth, miscarriage
  • previous large baby or babies
  • ethnicity (some women from certain ethnic backgrounds are at higher risk)
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Gestational diabetes can also occur in women who have none of these risk factors. Women with gestational diabetes in an earlier pregnancy should be tested as soon as a new pregnancy occurs.

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