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A 32-year-old member asked:

How common is gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
2-4% of Pregnancies: It varies depending on your risk factors. Women with a body mass index (a BMI classified as "obese") are at higher risk, as are those with a a family history of diabetes, or a personal history of gestational diabetes during a prior pregnancy. Up to 70% of women with it will get diabetes later in life, so you must get testing after delivery, and each year.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 47 years experience
2-10%: 2-10% pregnancies have either diabetes or gestational diabetes.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 48 years experience
Most commonly none: There can be no symptoms at all for the mother. That's why we screen all mothers during pregnancy. However, gestational diabetes can cause "macrosomia" in the fetus. Macrosomia is an overly large infant. Growth measurements of the fetus during pregnancy show a fetus that is over the 90th percentile for size. What causes the large size of the infant is high blood levels of glucose in the mother.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How common is it for somebody to get gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Danae Steele
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 32 years experience
Getting more common: Gestational diabetes is reported to happen to 2-10% of pregnant women, but the incidence is increasing in the U.S. Because of the increasing obesity of americans, our relatively poor diets, and sedentary lifestyles.

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