How does gestational diabetes affect the baby negatively?

In many ways. The excess Insulin and glucose can make your baby grow larger than other babies.
Depends on control. The average blood sugar during pregnancy will affect the growth of the baby, potential for overgrowth of organs & general size& the risk of birth defects. A fetus makes their own Insulin & excess sugar is put into overgrowth of tissues, including the heart.Good control in pregnancy stops the problem. When mom's sugar stoops coming (cord clamped) babies Insulin production causes a low sugar problem.

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What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

Depends On Control. There is no single digit answer you can apply to an individual patient. One brazillian study in 2011 found that 14% of 400 women delivered prematurely, but the rate really depends on how well the mother controls her disease, other issues like preeclampsia, and the reason for delivery (poor control can cause other problems for the mom/baby that could require a cesarean section before 38 weeks). Read more...

What level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes causes you to have big babies?

Pattern not number. Baby begins to make their own Insulin during mid pregnancy & any moment that moms levels are high will push glucose across the placenta, forcing baby to store the excess as fat.Any maternal levels above normal can lead to enlarged organs, defects, large baby & the need for IV fluid treatment after birth . The better mom's control, the less problems for baby, the worse control, the bigger the pbs. Read more...

Anyone know what is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?

See below. Abnormal values with pregnancy GTT are: fasting 95 mg/dl or higher 1 hour 180 mg/dl or higher 2 hours 155 mg/dl or higher 3 hours 140 mg/dl or higher the higher you are, the more risk to develop fetal abnormalities. Check w/your doctor! Read more...
Over 140. A blood sugar of 140 will enable diagnosis of gestational diabetes. If you have been diagnosed, your baby is in danger of growing at a too large rate. This causes the baby's system to produce insulin at a higher rate, which fuels growth. There are multiple complications at risk. You can use exercise to bring blood sugar back to normal range. Be sure and follow your doctor's orders to a T. Read more...

Does gestational diabetes cause undescended testicle in babies at birth or later on?

Unlikely. Undescended testicle results when the testis that is formed in the fetus next to the kidney, fails to complete its migration during pregnancy.It passively moves to the lower abdomen over time pulling it's blood supply with it & passes through the groin & enters the sac in the early to mid 3rd trimester.This defect can occur in any pregnancy & is not listed as more common with gdm. Read more...

32+2 wks pregnant with twins, PE, on blood thinner & gestational diabetes, scan babies growth 10th percentile is it concerning? Planed c sec at 36 wks

High risk pregnancy. I hope everything goes well with you and your babies, please stay close to the hospital and keep a close follow-up with your doctors, you will all be fine, best wishes. Read more...

Just found out I have gestational diabetes and have a particular concern about the baby?

Depends on control. If your blood sugar stays high during pregnancy it will create problems for baby. Baby will begin to to make its own Insulin & begin storing the excess as enlargement of organs and body size. At some point, baby may be to large to go thru your birth canal & c-section may be necessary. If you achieve & maintain good control, baby will remain normal & normal delivery may be possible. Read more...