Health Tip: Gestational Diabetes May Endanger Mother and Baby

-- Gestational diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels become abnormally high during pregnancy.

The Womenshealth.gov website says gestational diabetes increases the risk of these complications:

  • Having a premature delivery.
  • Developing preeclampsia, which causes high blood pressure during pregnancy.
  • Requiring a Cesarean delivery.
  • Having a very large baby, which can make delivery difficult.
  • Development in the baby of jaundice, breathing problems or low blood sugar.

Posted: September 2011


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