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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. Libbaloo

    I have read somewhere on the diabetes website that having a baby over 9lbs may be a risk factor of being or becoming prediabetic later.
    I had two healthy babies (8lbs 10oz and 9lbs 1oz) in the 90's when I was 30 and 32. They were not particularly big but I was 7lbs 2 when born in the 60's.
    I wasn't overweight when I was younger but the weight has come round my middle in my 40's. That was when I also started on borderline BP and Cholesterol meds. I probably became more sedentary with working from home and snacking more.
    Are we genetically predisposed to Diabetes? No clinical diagnoses in my family but as the generations get bigger and we are eating more refined sugar and carbs, is our BMI leading us down that path?

  2. ButtterflyLady

    Libbaloo said: ↑
    I have read somewhere on the diabetes website that having a baby over 9lbs may be a risk factor of being or becoming prediabetic later.
    I had two healthy babies (8lbs 10oz and 9lbs 1oz) in the 90's when I was 30 and 32. They were not particularly big but I was 7lbs 2 when born in the 60's.
    I wasn't overweight when I was younger but the weight has come round my middle in my 40's. That was when I also started on borderline BP and Cholesterol meds. I probably became more sedentary with working from home and snacking more.
    Are we genetically predisposed to Diabetes? No clinical diagnoses in my family but as the generations get bigger and we are eating more refined sugar and carbs, is our BMI leading us down that path?
    Click to expand... I think the answer to this is complex and I don't know the extent to which genetics and BMI play a part. There may have been people in your family who would have had high normal or pre-D or D levels of HbA1c if they were tested, but they never were, and they never showed frank signs of T2.
    I too have read about large babies and risk of future diabetes. I think both of your babies were big... certainly above average. So I googled average birthweight UK and found the link below, which says at 40 weeks the average weight is 7.63lb.
    http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1004000/average-fetal-length-and-weight-chart
    I've also read that when insulin resistance develops, the next thing that develops is high BP followed later by high HbA1c, and that was the case with me too - one happened about 3 years after the other.
    You mention taking cholesterol meds. Was/is that a statin? Statins have been associated with people getting T2 diabetes. There is more info about this at Bloodsugar101, which is an excellent site if you are interested in more details about T2 diabetes and everything to do with it:
    http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php

  3. azure

    The risk of diabetes is because large babies can be a sign of gestational diabetes. Women who had gestational diabetes are at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
    Not all large babies are due to gestational diabetes, but the thought is that if someone seems fine during pregnancy and then gives birth to a 10lb baby that that person may have had undetected gestational diabetes in late pregnancy, which caused that large baby.

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