Best answer: Is having diabetes while pregnant bad?

How does diabetes affect the baby during pregnancy?

Higher than normal blood sugar in mothers can cause their babies to grow too large. Very large babies — those who weigh 9 pounds or more — are more likely to become wedged in the birth canal, have birth injuries or need a C-section birth.

What are the risks of being diabetic and pregnant?

Blood sugar that is not well controlled in a pregnant woman with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes could lead to problems for the woman and the baby:

  • Birth Defects. …
  • An Extra Large Baby. …
  • C- Section (Cesarean Section) …
  • High Blood Pressure (Preeclampsia) …
  • Early (Preterm) Birth. …
  • Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) …
  • Miscarriage or Stillbirth.

Can you have a healthy pregnancy with diabetes?

Women with diabetes can and do have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Managing diabetes can help reduce your risk for complications. Untreated diabetes increases your risk for pregnancy complications, like high blood pressure, depression, premature birth, birth defects and pregnancy loss.

How early do you deliver with gestational diabetes?

Expert recommendations suggest that women with uncomplicated GDM take their pregnancies to term, and deliver at 38 weeks gestation [6].

Do diabetics have to have C sections?

A woman who has diabetes that is not well controlled has a higher chance of needing a C-section to deliver the baby. When the baby is delivered by a C-section, it takes longer for the woman to recover from childbirth.

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Can a baby be born with diabetes?

Very rarely, babies are born with diabetes. This is called neonatal diabetes and is caused by a problem with the genes. Neonatal diabetes can disappear by the time the child is 12 months old, but the diabetes usually returns later in life.

What happens if sugar is high during pregnancy?

High blood sugar can cause problems all over the body. It can damage blood vessels and nerves. It can harm the eyes, kidneys, and heart. In early pregnancy, high blood sugar can lead to birth defects in a growing baby.