DiabetesTalk.Net

Why Are Gestational Diabetes Babies Big

Share on facebook

Conversations

Add another line to the long list of medical problems associated with obesity: A new study finds that women who are overweight during pregnancy tend to have much heavier babies than normal-weight moms. “If the baby is born too large it increases the risk for very serious consequences both during delivery, for the mother and the infant, as well as later in life — for the infant,” said study author Mary Helen Black, a biostatistician with Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s department of research and evaluation. “There may be a general perception that, ‘Oh, the baby’s big, but so what?’ That’s a misperception.” In the new study, published in the journal Diabetes Care on Tuesday, Black and her colleagues examined health records for more than 9,800 women who delivered their babies at a Kaiser Permanente medical center in California between 2005 and 2010. About 60 percent of the women were overweight or obese, and nearly 20 percent developed gestational diabetes. Compared to healthy-weight women, overweight moms without gestational diabetes were 65 percent more likely to have babies with a birth weight in the 90th percentile or higher. (Women were defined as over Continue reading >>

Share on facebook

Popular Questions

  1. AMANDA B(595)

    Gestational Diabetes...what size was your baby!

    Just curious as I have this - I dont need any medication, I just do the finger prick 4 times a day and find its always fine! Bump measures 2 weeks ahead and I have a growth scan in 2 weeks, just worried im having a whopper! dd 7ibs 8, dd 7ibs 11, ds 8ibs 15! thats why im worried!

  2. Michelle W(500)

    My son was 9lb 10, was on insulin and diabetes was well controlled. He was induced at 38 weeks on advice of final growth scan. Sorry, if this is not what you wanted to hear - i'm sure others will have had babies of lower birth weights - my husband is also 6foot2, so probably would have been big anyway. I had a forceps delivery x DR's will advise you on options if needed nearer the time.
    Hope this helps

  3. k c(24)

    My Daughter was 7lb 15.5oz's, i also had to be insulin controlled but as they refered me too late (lost paperwork) for induction she was born 3 days before term! I had 4 growth scans with her and in all she measured bigger than she was meant to be! dont worry you will be fine and if there is any chance your baby is getting too big they will interviene (sp?)

  4. -> Continue reading
read more close

Related Articles

  • Why Are Gestational Diabetes Babies Big

    (CBS News) A mother's weight before and during pregnancy may be more of an indicator that she will give birth to a big baby than her blood glucose levels, new research reveals. According to the study, slightly high blood glucose levels -- not enough to diagnose the mother with gestational diabetes according to Canadian standards -- had no association with having a larger bundle of joy once weight was taken into an account. The new study, publishe ...

    diabetes Dec 29, 2017
  • Why Are Diabetes Babies Big

    Women may have diabetes during pregnancy in 2 ways: Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (diabetes) that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. If the diabetes is not well controlled during pregnancy, the baby is exposed to high blood sugar levels. This can affect the baby and mom during the pregnancy, at the time of birth, and after birth. Infants who are born to mothers with diabetes are often larger than other babies. Larger infant ...

    diabetes Dec 29, 2017
  • Why Are Babies Born To Diabetic Mothers Big?

    (Click image to enlarge) Diabetes and Prepregnancy weight Much attention has been paid to the relationship between measures of maternal glycemia and birth weight. A critical starting point is to determine what a normal 24-hour glucose profile in a metabolically normal pregnant woman looks like. One study used continuous subcutaneous glucose monitoring to compare glucose values of non-obese and obese non-diabetic women throughout the day. Though t ...

    diabetes Dec 30, 2017
  • Why Do Diabetic Mothers Give Birth To Big Babies?

    Problems of Diabetes in Pregnancy Blood sugar that is not well controlled in a pregnant woman with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes could lead to problems for the woman and the baby: Birth Defects The organs of the baby form during the first two months of pregnancy, often before a woman knows that she is pregnant. Blood sugar that is not in control can affect those organs while they are being formed and cause serious birth defects in the developing baby ...

    diabetes Dec 30, 2017
  • Gestational Diabetes Babies Born Early

    Any pregnant woman can have preterm labor and premature birth, even if she’s done everything right during pregnancy. However, certain factors can make some women more likely than others to go into labor and give birth early. These risk factors include: multiple gestation (more than one baby in the womb) history of premature birth vaginal bleeding in the middle of pregnancy infection polyhydramnios (an excessive amount of amniotic fluid surround ...

    diabetes Jan 13, 2018
  • Gestational Diabetes How Big Was Your Baby

    The latest guidance from NICE, published in 2015, has extended the time by which women with gestational diabetes should give birth to 40 weeks, 6 days – not much less than the general guidance for all pregnant women, which is 42 weeks. If you have not gone to birth at this point, induction of labour will be recommended. "When I was in the hospital, I felt I didn’t know what was going on. I would have liked more information about that part so ...

    diabetes Jan 13, 2018

Popular Articles

More in diabetes