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Does diabetes cause fetal deformities?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Yes: Uncontrolled diabetes in the first trimester can cause birth defects in the baby, typically heart or skeletal defects. Gestational diabetes acquired later in pregnancy is typically not associated with fetal deformities, but can also cause problems such as a big baby or problems with the amniotic fluid.
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Yes: Undiagnosed and/or uncontrolled diabetes may cause fetal deformities. These malformations can range from heart defects to spinal cord development problems.

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