Does Gestational Diabetes Mean Big Baby

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Does A Big Baby Mean You Have Gestational Diabetes? An Expert Weighs In

Ashley Batz/Romper In the new age of the internet, it's easy for you to drive yourself crazy searching for symptoms and diseases, especially when you're pregnant. There are a million questions and complications out there for you to Google, and gestational diabetes is one of them. Having a bigger than normal baby is often associated with it, but does a big baby mean you have gestational diabetes? It's important to first understand the relationship between baby size and diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), gestational diabetes occurs in women who have high blood glucose levels during pregnancy. The ADA explained that when you have gestational diabetes, your pancreas produces more and more insulin, but the insulin doesn't get used, so it keeps your blood glucose levels high. The extra glucose in your blood can then go through your placenta to your baby, giving them high blood glucose levels, too, along with increased insulin, noted the ADA. This causes the baby to store the extra energy as fat, which can lead to Macrosomia or a "fat" baby. Romper spoke to Dr. Eva Martin, founder of Elm Tree Medical Inc., who says that while there is a correlation between the Continue reading >>

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  1. 3timesaround

    It was opposite for me. They kept telling me how little she was. Borderline IGUR. 11th percentile. I was induced 4 days early and she was a respectable 6 pounds 15 ounces. About 50th percentile for all her measurements!
    Of course, she was quite little for me. My first two kids were 9 and 8.3 and I didn't have GD with them.

  2. ktbowers

    I am interested in this also. My baby is measuring a few weeks ahead so wondering how accurate it is.

  3. apandalynn

    My daughter was born at 38 weeks and was 8 lbs 2 oz, she was a typical "football player shaped" GD baby. I was on glyburide and my numbers were not very well controlled.....no matter what I did :( My current pregnancy my numbers are controlled much better, but my baby measured 21 weeks at my 19 week scan. But they are not 100% accurate. But I am betting on having another large baby. Pleas this one is a boy, so I expect him to be at least 9 lbs....but I could be wrong.

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