Do all obese moms develop gestational diabetes?

Dr. McKenna discusses gestational diabetes in pregnant moms who are obese. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Do all obese moms develop gestational diabetes?

No, not necessarily. However, the rate is very high and we recommend that women who are obese get tested for gestational diabetes at the very first visit during pregnancy. This is different than women that are not obese. A normal weight woman, we would recommend that she gets tested between 24 and 28 weeks. With obesity, we want to make sure that there isn't any underlying diabetes or glucose intolerance right from the start of the pregnancy. Therefore, if you're obese, your doctor should be ordering a diabetes test at the very first visit you're seen.

   

No, not necessarily. However, the rate is very high in obese moms, and we recommend that women who are obese get tested for gestational diabetes during their very first doctor’s visit for the pregnancy. This is different than women who are not obese. A woman of normal weight is usually tested for gestational diabetes between weeks 24 and 28 of her pregnancy. When a woman is obese, we want to make sure there isn't any underlying diabetes or glucose intolerance right from the start of the pregnancy. If you are obese, your doctor should order a diabetes test at your very first visit.

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