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Health Tip: Gestational Diabetes May Endanger Mother and Baby

Health Tip: Gestational Diabetes May Endanger Mother and Baby

09/29/11

(HealthDay News) -- 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.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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