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Can gestational diabetes affect the placenta?

Can gestational diabetes affect the placenta?

Yes: Gestational diabetes is actually caused by the placenta. A hormone called hpl (human placental lactogen) gets released and causes insulin. While the placenta is the underlying cause, gestational diabetes causes changes in the placenta making it function differently. Most doctors will recommend delivery before the due date with gestational diabetes because of this altered placental function. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Carson
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Diabetes Onset During Pregnancy (Definition)

Gestation diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. This develops when pregnancy hormones change a patient's metabolism so that they can not regulate their blood sugar. A patient with GDM will have to go on a low sugar and low carb diet and monitor blood sugars very carefully. Sometimes they will require medications. There is a 30% chance ...Read more


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Why does Gestational Diabetes increase the risk of stillbirth?

Why does Gestational Diabetes increase the risk of stillbirth?

Abnormal glucose: The same reasons that produce Diabetic coma in adults. The elevated blood glucose going to the fetus causes metabolic changes that can result in death. ...Read more

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How does gestational diabetes affect the reproductive system?

How does gestational diabetes affect the reproductive system?

Doesn't: It basically increases risk [adverse outcomes] to mom, fetus, newborn if not treated aggressively. ...Read more

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How does gestational diabetes increase a baby's weight in the womb?

High sugar levels: High sugar levels from mom cross over to the baby, and the baby makes extra Insulin to lower its sugar levels. That Insulin makes baby grow bigger. That's why it's important for moms to control their blood sugars. ...Read more

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Does gestational diabetes pose much of a risk towards the fetus?

Does gestational diabetes pose much of a risk towards the fetus?

Yes: Increased risk stillbirths, miscarriages, birth defects; increase size of baby, low blood sugar after birth all , if not treated well. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics affect the results of a gestational diabetes test?

Can antibiotics affect the results of a gestational diabetes test?

Gestationa Diabetes: None of the antibiotics commonly used in pregnancy cause high blood sugars. It would be extremely unlikely that an antibiotic affected the result of a glucose tolerance test. ...Read more

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Can diabetes affect pregnancy?

Can diabetes affect pregnancy?

Yes: The fetus will eventually make it's own insulin & control its glucose levels but if mother is poorly controlled her high sugar levels cause problems. Every tissue & organ within baby can end up overgrown & some will develop birth defects. Tight control of blood sugar levels reduce the risk. Babies excess insulin can cause low sugars at birth requiring IV glucose for extended periods. ...Read more

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Can gestational diabetes cause learning disabilities in the baby?

Can gestational diabetes cause learning disabilities in the baby?

A study in British: Medical journal cited tests implying that adhd and perhaps learning disabilities may be more common among children born to mothers with gestational diabetes. However, the differences in the results of these tests tended to disappear in the older index group children. The significance is uncertain and further study is necessary. Seek evaluation for any concerns. Best regards. ...Read more

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How high is the percent of mothers with gestational diabetes have their baby premature?

How high is the percent of mothers with gestational diabetes have their baby premature?

Depends: Upon how well their glucose is controlled. Work w/your doctor to keep yours as normal as possible. ...Read more

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Is gestational diabetes harder to control as the pregnancy progresses?

Is gestational diabetes harder to control as the pregnancy progresses?

No: It should not be difficult as well as you follow your doctor's advice, like controling carbohydrate, watching blood sugar level, taking medication as your doctor's prescription if needed. ...Read more

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Placenta abruption can recover without affecting the baby?

Placenta abruption can recover without affecting the baby?

Sometimes: Abruption is a bleed from the placenta; a disruption of either the mother or baby's blood supply. Many causes: trauma, high blood pressure, drugs (cocaine), preterm labor, polyhydramnios. Can be very large or very small, so even US can miss a diagnosis. Symptoms: usually preterm contractions, sometimes vaginal bleed. Fetal monitoring is necessary. Wait, watch; abruption can self-heal sometimes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the type of placenta union affect development of the embryo?

Can you tell me how the type of placenta union affect development of the embryo?

Source of nutrition: placentas typically adhere to the main body of the uterus. If it is implanted near the cervix (placenta previa), it may cause bleeding, require you to have a cesarean section. Multiple lobes of placenta can also form that may have blood vessels running between. They can be at risk for bleeding. Bleeding behind the placenta noted early on can complicate your pregnancy and risk of miscarrige ...Read more

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During pregnancy, can consumption of fruits by itself lead to problems such as gestational diabetes?

Unlikely: Your body is very good at regulating blood sugar. In a normal person, if you eat too much of anything, your body will just adjust and pump out more Insulin to keep blood sugar normal. Blood sugar will only rise if there is a problem with Insulin (resistance or production)... ...Read more

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Waht is the prognosis of fetus, newborn and mom with gestational diabetes mellitus>?

Waht is the prognosis of fetus, newborn and mom with gestational diabetes mellitus>?

Prognosis: Good for all if the diabetes is well controlled during pregnancy. Work closely with your physicians. Be mindful of what you eat and do. Gestational diabetes is not a death sentence. There are many effective treatment options currently available. ...Read more

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Is low lying placenta the same as placenta previa? At 28 weeks what are the risks/how dangerous is it? How will it affect rest of pregnancy and birth?

Is low lying placenta the same as placenta previa? At 28 weeks what are the risks/how dangerous is it? How will it affect rest of pregnancy and birth?

Not the same...: A low lying placenta is when it is close to the cervix, but not covering it like a previa does. The risk of either is bleeding, esp. Once in labor. But a low lying placenta is much more likely to move up the side of your uterus & out of the way prior to this. Your dr. Will follow this with serial ultrasounds until then. Probably smart to avoid intercourse & to report any bleeding until clear. ...Read more

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How much of a risk is gestational diabetes for the fetus?

How much of a risk is gestational diabetes for the fetus?

Baby may be at risks: Excessive birth weight. Early (preterm) birth and respiratory distress syndrome. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Jaundice. Type 2 diabetes later in life. ...Read more

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Does the mothers weight gain throughout pregnancy affect the size of the fetus?

Does the mothers weight gain throughout pregnancy affect the size of the fetus?

Somewhat: Every baby's birthweight is a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors. Excessive or poor weight gain on mom's part is just one piece of the puzzle. ...Read more

Dr. Alison Stuebe
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Gestational Diabetes (Definition)

Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant. Prior to becoming pregant the woman was not diabetic and once the woman delivers the baby the diabetes goes away, although she has a higher chance of getting non-insulin-dependent diabetes in the future. With gestational diabetes, hormones from the pregnancy ...Read more


Placenta (Definition)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via ...Read more