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Gestational diabetes is a temporary type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, between 2 and 5 percent of women develop diabetes during pregnancy -- but between 7 and 9 percent of women acquire gestational diabetes, if they're predisposed to it. Gestational diabetes is associated with certain known risk factors. Although there's no sure-fire way to prevent diabetes during pregnancy, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your risks.