Pregnant With Diabetes

Pre-Term Birth Problems
If the woman with diabetes has problems that lead to a preterm birth, the baby might have breathing problems, heart problems, bleeding into the brain, intestinal problems, and vision problems.
 
Low Birth Weight Problems
A woman who is pregnant with diabetes might have a baby born on time with low birth weight. A baby with low birth weight might have problems with eating, gaining weight, fighting off infections, and staying warm.
 

Pregnant Women With Gestational Diabetes: Impact on the Mother

A pregnant woman who does not have diabetes can develop gestational diabetes later in her pregnancy.
 
A woman with gestational diabetes will need to watch her blood sugar closely and balance food intake, exercise, and, if needed, insulin shots to keep her blood sugar in control. If a woman with gestational diabetes does not keep her blood sugar in good control, she could have several problems. Pregnant women with gestational diabetes might have:
 
The extra-large baby might cause the woman to feel specially uncomfortable during the last months of pregnancy. Also, it could lead to problems for both the woman and the baby during delivery.
 
When the baby is delivered surgically by a cesarean section (c-section), it takes longer for the woman to recover from childbirth. High blood pressure when a woman is pregnant might lead to an early delivery, and could cause seizures or a stroke in the mother.
 
Sometimes, gestational diabetes in women does not go away after delivery. These women have converted to type 2 diabetes. A woman whose diabetes does not go away after delivery will need to manage her diabetes for the rest of her life.
 
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