QuickStats: Percentage of Mothers with Gestational Diabetes, by Maternal Age — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2016 and 2021

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The percentage of mothers giving birth who received a diagnosis of diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) increased from 6.0% in 2016 to 8.3% in 2021.

Increases in gestational diabetes were seen in each maternal age group, and rates rose steadily with maternal age; in 2021, the rate for mothers aged ≥40 years (15.6%) was nearly six times as high as the rate for mothers aged <20 years (2.7%).

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Natality Data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/births.htm


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Page last reviewed: January 5, 2023
Page last updated: January 5, 2023