A 29-year-old female asked:
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had baby at 21 weeks because no fluid or.kidneys in baby. i am diabetic and have diabetic kidney problems. was this my fault she had no.fluid?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Not your fault: Diabetic mothers have a slightly increased risk of having babies with congenital abnormalities. However vast majority of diabetic mothers have perfectly normal babies, although they tend to larger at birth than babies born to non-diabetics, who can also have similar problems. Sympathize with your loss.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
No: A fetus does not need kidneys early because the placenta shifts the work of cleansing their blood to the mother.They do need them to start making a small amount of urine that forms the amniotic fluid which cushions the fetal mass & creates more room.Lack of both kidneys is an incidental event, 3/10000 births unrelated to your diabetic kidney issues.The mistake was in place by the 5th wk.
Answered on Aug 3, 2017

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