What causes babies to be born with diabetes?
Babies born to women with diabetes are often much bigger, a condition called "macrosomia."
Because their mothers have high blood sugar levels, they get too much sugar through the placenta. The baby's pancreas senses it and makes more insulin to use it up. That extra sugar gets converted to fat, making a large baby.
From: Diabetes and Pregnancy
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