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Scientists have yet to discover why some women develop gestational diabetes and some women don’t, but there are some risk factors that increase your chance of getting it.
If you are overweight, with a body mass index of thirty or more; have a family history of diabetes; have previously had a large baby; or your ethnic group is South Asian, Black Caribbean or Middle Eastern, then you are at a greater risk of developing gestational diabetes.
There is no need to be concerned if you do fit into one of these risk groups. Screening for Gestational diabetes starts at your very first appointment with your midwife.
If you are at risk then the amount of sugar in your blood will be monitored routinely at your regular antenatal appointments. You will also be invited for a glucose tolerance test, which provides an accurate measure of how well your body processes sugar.
Glucose tolerance tests take several hours to complete so be prepared for some waiting around.
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