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