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I have a few questions about gestational diabetes before seeing a perinatologist. What is risk to baby and me? Can I start insulin just in case?
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Wait for MFM advice.
High blood sugar during fetal development can lead to excessive growth (macrosomia), predispose to adult diabetes mellitus, increase the risk for cesarean section, shoulder dystocia and fetal death from cardiac arrhythmias and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Most women with gdm have normal outcomes, but are at increased risk for all of the above, as well as polyhydramnios, preeclampsia (hypertension).

In brief: Wait for MFM advice.
High blood sugar during fetal development can lead to excessive growth (macrosomia), predispose to adult diabetes mellitus, increase the risk for cesarean section, shoulder dystocia and fetal death from cardiac arrhythmias and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Most women with gdm have normal outcomes, but are at increased risk for all of the above, as well as polyhydramnios, preeclampsia (hypertension).
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Good control helps
Gestational diabetes is manageable with effort & your success at keeping your blood sugar values in a good zone lessens the effect on baby.
Many are successful with diet & exercise alone but some require insulin. This is something best worked out with your treatment team so write down your questions & take them with you.

In brief: Good control helps
Gestational diabetes is manageable with effort & your success at keeping your blood sugar values in a good zone lessens the effect on baby.
Many are successful with diet & exercise alone but some require insulin. This is something best worked out with your treatment team so write down your questions & take them with you.
Dr. James Ferguson
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