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What can happen to your baby if you have gestational diabetes?

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With gestational diabetes, risks to the unborn baby are even greater than risks to the mother. Risks to the baby include abnormal weight gain before birth, breathing problems at birth, and higher obesity and diabetes risk later in life. Risks to the mother include needing a cesarean section due to an overly large baby, as well as damage to heart, kidney, nerves, and eye.

From: Types of Diabetes Mellitus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

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