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VBAC Risks as a Diabetic

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Presentation: Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC)
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As a diabetic, your risks for complications during pregnancy and childbirth are higher. Although still uncommon, it is more likely for you to have:
1) complications related to high blood pressure,
2) infections,
3) a larger than average baby, which can make it difficult or impossible for you to have a vaginal delivery,
4) greater probability of having a preterm, or early delivery,
5) a reaction to certain drugs used during the delivery,
6) higher risk for fetal malformations if your blood sugar is not well controlled when you get pregnant, or
7) a delayed healing process.
For these reasons, it is important for you to attend all scheduled pre-natal and follow-up appointments. You should let your doctor know right away if you have trouble controlling your blood sugar, and if any of the previously mentioned symptoms develop.
Infections can be a serious problem for people with diabetes. If your doctor thinks you might have an infection, you may need medicine and treatment immediately. Because of the risks involved, it is essential for you to communicate with your health care team so they can minimize any potential problems.

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