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Why is high blood sugar before pregnancy a problem for baby after I conceive?

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Dr. Larry Deeb
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Birth defects

High glucose in the first few weeks of pregnancy, during the time when the organs are being created, causes birth defects.
That is why women with diabetes should plan pregnancies and do her best to have the very best control before becoming pregnant and throughout the pregnancy.

In brief: Birth defects

High glucose in the first few weeks of pregnancy, during the time when the organs are being created, causes birth defects.
That is why women with diabetes should plan pregnancies and do her best to have the very best control before becoming pregnant and throughout the pregnancy.
Dr. Larry Deeb
Dr. Larry Deeb
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Dr. James Chu
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Glucose levels rise

High blood sugar before pregnancy means either pre-diabetes or type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
If not already treated (such as for pre-diabetes) prior to conceiving, then the future pregnancy state's various placental hormones can cause the glucose levels to increase out of control. High glucose can cause problems for baby: excessive weight, hypoglycemia at birth, higher risk of future type 2 dm, etc.

In brief: Glucose levels rise

High blood sugar before pregnancy means either pre-diabetes or type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
If not already treated (such as for pre-diabetes) prior to conceiving, then the future pregnancy state's various placental hormones can cause the glucose levels to increase out of control. High glucose can cause problems for baby: excessive weight, hypoglycemia at birth, higher risk of future type 2 dm, etc.
Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu
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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Increase rate

Poor control of diabetes prior to conception is tied to increase incidence of miscarrige and fetal malformations.
Diabetes is like going to the bank, if you have good control before(good reserves) you have a better chance of doing well when hard times come. Having good control just after conception will not erase the damage done.

In brief: Increase rate

Poor control of diabetes prior to conception is tied to increase incidence of miscarrige and fetal malformations.
Diabetes is like going to the bank, if you have good control before(good reserves) you have a better chance of doing well when hard times come. Having good control just after conception will not erase the damage done.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
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