Gestational Diabetes Causes

The causes of gestational diabetes are not yet fully understood by researchers, but there are certain factors that increase the risk of developing this condition. These risk factors include being over the age of 25, a family history of diabetes, being Hispanic, American Indian, Asian, or African American, and being overweight. Gestational diabetes typically occurs during the later half of pregnancy.

Fast Facts:

  • Gestational diabetes occurs when blood sugar becomes too high during pregnancy.
  • Gestational diabetes poses a problem for both the mother and the unborn baby.
  • While not all women with gestational diabetes have symptoms, things to look out for are increased thirst, increased urination, increased hunger, and blurred vision.