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How come diabetic women give birth to larger babies?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
High blood sugar: Diabetic mothers often have difficulty controlling the blood sugar.The fetus makes its own Insulin & puts the excess sugar that is transferred across the placenta into over-sized storage areas, over-sized organs etc.All of which can make the baby heavy. If a diabetic mother has very good control during pregnancy, the problem is averted.

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