Posted by: Maggie | 2012-09-21


Pregnancy and diabetes

I have heard some things about being pregnant and being a diabetic, some doctors say it is a high risk others say it will only be a difficult pregnancy... What is the risks on being a diabetic and becoming pregnant?

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Diabetes expert

Dear Maggie

Diabetes and pregnancy can affect both mother and fetus. If the pregnancy is properly planned, then the risk of problems is reduced. Problems are higher for the mother if they have complications from diabetes like kidney, and eye problems, as these can be worsened during pregnancy. Problems affecting the fetus are those of increased baby size which can lead to trauma during the birthing process, which is why the gynecologists have a low threshold to perform a Caesarian section. Other problems are those of low low calcium, lung problems and low glucose levels in the the baby when born.

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