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Are there pregnancy complications for an insulin dependent diabetic?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
12 doctors agree

In brief: Yes for mom and baby

Type 1 diabetes mellitus is associated with a number of risks including DKA if poorly controlled.
There's also an increased risk of preeclampsia which might require early delivery. Babies have higher risk of birth defects, abnormal size, breathing problems even if born near term. It's always best for someone who needs Insulin to see an expert before trying to conceive (ttc) for her sake and baby's.

In brief: Yes for mom and baby

Type 1 diabetes mellitus is associated with a number of risks including DKA if poorly controlled.
There's also an increased risk of preeclampsia which might require early delivery. Babies have higher risk of birth defects, abnormal size, breathing problems even if born near term. It's always best for someone who needs Insulin to see an expert before trying to conceive (ttc) for her sake and baby's.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Michael Carson
If your HbA1c test is <7% BEFORE getting pregnant you will decrease the risk of birth defects.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy.
In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects & an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition and excess growth of the baby.

In brief: Yes

Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy.
In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects & an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition and excess growth of the baby.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Women who are diabetic before becoming pregnant should visit with their diabetes doctor before getting pregnant to make sure their blood sugar is well controlled and should be evaluated for eye disease, kidney disease, hypertension and heart disease.
Poorly controlled diabetes when conceiving also increases the chance of the baby having birth defects and poor fetal growth.

In brief: Yes

Women who are diabetic before becoming pregnant should visit with their diabetes doctor before getting pregnant to make sure their blood sugar is well controlled and should be evaluated for eye disease, kidney disease, hypertension and heart disease.
Poorly controlled diabetes when conceiving also increases the chance of the baby having birth defects and poor fetal growth.
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