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How Does Gestational Diabetes Affect The Baby After Birth

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Gestational Diabetes And Your Baby's Health

Insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, is necessary to move glucose (or sugar) into your cells after your body breaks down food for energy. During pregnancy, your body becomes less sensitive to the effects of insulin, which can lead to what’s known as gestational diabetes. If you have gestational diabetes, your blood sugar can become too high, creating a number of health risks for your baby. Gestational Diabetes and Your Baby's Health If your blood sugar remains consistently elevated during pregnancy, the excess sugar can pass through your womb to your unborn baby. This can increase your child’s future risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Other health risks associated with gestational diabetes include: Macrosomia. This term simply means "big baby" and applies to any baby whose birth weight is above 8 pounds, 13 ounces. A baby with macrosomia can experience difficulties during the childbirth process. The most common problem that big babies encounter is damage to the nerves and muscles in their shoulders during vaginal delivery. Your doctor will monitor the size of your baby by performing ultrasound exams throughout your pregnancy. If your doctor is concerned about the siz Continue reading >>

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  1. alesiafae

    I think different people have different reactions to metformin. Mine was gastro… Related. And fast heartbeat. But it did subside.

  2. jayabee52

    we are all suffering the same disease, but our responses to foods, drinks and meds are often quite unique.

  3. alesiafae

    So true.

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