Assessing Your Risk
Risk factors for developing gestational diabetes include:
- Are you a member of a high-risk ethnic group (Latino, African American, Native American, South or East Asian, Pacific Islander, or Indigenous Australian)?
- Are you overweight or very overweight?
- Are you related to anyone who has diabetes now or had diabetes in their lifetime?
- Are you older than 25?
- Did you have gestational diabetes with a past pregnancy?
- Have you had a stillbirth or a very large baby with a past pregnancy?
If you answered YES to TWO or more of these questions, you are at HIGH RISK for gestational diabetes.
If you answered YES to ONLY ONE of these questions, you are at AVERAGE RISK for gestational diabetes.
If you answered NO to ALL of these questions, you are at LOW RISK for gestational diabetes.
|If you are at...||You should...|
|High Risk||Get tested as soon as you know you are pregnant. If your first test is negative, get tested again when you are between 24 and 28 weeks pregnant.|
|Average Risk||Get tested when you are between 24 and 28 weeks pregnant|
|Lower Risk||Not get tested unless your doctor or nurse tells you that you should.|
1 - American Diabetes Association. ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2008. Diabetes Care, Volume 31, Supplement 1, January 2008. (PDF accessed 2/19/08).
Easy Bunny Biscuits French Style Turkey Sandwich Black Bean and Wild Rice Soup Chicken Frittata Greek Salad Wrap Shallot Thyme Vinagrette Apple Orchard Pork Chops Caramel Apple Bites Poppy Seed Dressing Raisin Oat Muffins
Today was my second appointment with Nurse C, the CDE in my new endo practice. She’s been a great resource and has already helped motivate me to get my averages down to the 170s. However, I’m obviously still not in the “green light” range for pregnancy. It wasn’t an easy appointment today as I poured my fears out to her about getting pregnant and my struggle to not feel completely overwhelmed in trying to prepare. There was no judgement on the other side of the table; only support...