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What are the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Many

Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy.
In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition & excess growth of the baby.

In brief: Many

Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy.
In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition & excess growth of the baby.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Diabetes later on

Besides deveping the need for Insulin during this pregnancy and all the problems associated there with, you will be at lifelong risk of developing frank diabetes.

In brief: Diabetes later on

Besides deveping the need for Insulin during this pregnancy and all the problems associated there with, you will be at lifelong risk of developing frank diabetes.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A number of things

There are many risk factors.
Some ethnic groups are more at risk than others. Being overweight also increases your risk. Overall, genetics play a huge role in developing diabetes. There are hormones in pregnancy that also interfere with your body. To reduce your risk, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

In brief: A number of things

There are many risk factors.
Some ethnic groups are more at risk than others. Being overweight also increases your risk. Overall, genetics play a huge role in developing diabetes. There are hormones in pregnancy that also interfere with your body. To reduce your risk, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
Dr. Megan Bird
Dr. Megan Bird
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