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Newborn size determined by level of sugar control in diabetic mothers

Scientists have discovered that pregnant women with diabetes can increase their chances of having a normal sized baby by controlling their blood sugar level as much as possible during pregnancy. Pregnant women with diabetes do tend to have larger babies and this is because of inadequate sugar level control during pregnancy. Larger babies make for a more difficult birth and the birthing process increases the risk of shoulder problems in larger babies. A study showed that women who strictly controlled their diabetes during pregnancy tended to have normal sized babies who had no shoulder complications during the birth. However, diabetic women were twice as likely to have a cesarean but this was probably more to do with hospital policy than any real need.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Pak Tribune

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About: Newborn size determined by level of sugar control in diabetic mothers

Date: 16 January 2005

Source: Pak Tribune


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