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hyperglycemia in pregnancy Rss

Hi, I can't seem to find any information on wether or not the amount of extra insulin a mother takes during her pregnancy affects the weight of the baby as well. I know that uncontrolled or high sugars can lead to an increase in fetal size. But what about the effect of requiring increasing levels of insulin to keep blood sugar levels down?

Angie, DE 15/12/05 ,TAS

Hi,
Thank you for your enquiry. If your body is working as it should there is no affect on the baby of any extra insulin requirements or sugar intake or output during pregnancy. If, however, your medical team has identified that you have developed the complication of pregnancy called Gestational Diabetes, your body is not working properly and there is a risk of the baby getting too much sugar and her weight being affected. This is why the condition is closely monitored and treated. If you are having a healthy pregnancy and you are eating a nutritious diet, there is no risk to mother or baby as your body adjusts to your needs without any problem (just as it does when you are not pregnant).
Best wishes,
Alex.

<a href="http://www.nswmidwives.com.au/">NSW Midwives Association</a>
Note: This information is not designed to replace that of your health professional.
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