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Fri Sep 16 23:31:56 UTC 2011

Diabetes and c section
Asked By: klugasi  
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Hi , when I looked up information about the affects of diabetes while pregnant all I can find is the risk of having to go c section due to a large baby .... I am trying realllllly hard to keep a healthy diet but anyway ( due to another issue ) I am scheduled for a c section .... I have 1 month to go . Any other issues / risks for the baby other than being large ? I am currently taking glyburide 5 mg at night and 2.5 in the morning but still it doesn't take much for my numbers to go bad .... :-( thanks
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2012-01-06 15:43:37.0

Congratulations on your pregnancy klugasi!

As you are already aware, pregnant women with gestational diabetes tend to have larger babies at birth. This can increase the chance of problems at the time of delivery such as; trauma to the baby while descending down the birth canal, jaundice and or periods of low blood sugar during the baby's first few days of life.

Because of these potential risks, a pediatrician or a neonatolgist, a physician that specializes in high risk infant care, is often present at the birth.

Your healthcare provider can tell you exactly who will be present during your baby's birth. Additionally, they can answer questions pertaining to you, based on your medical condition and your baby's gestational age and size.

Click here for more general information on gestational diabetes.

Good luck and be well!

Accreditations: MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
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2016-07-30 15:00:21.0

Good Luck Klugasi! Most likely your GDM will go away right after deliver, but if your numbers have been running high, your baby's pancreas may be over-reactive for a while. This means when you feed your baby, it's body will produce too much insulin and their blood sugar may go too low in about an hour or so. So your baby may "communicate" that it is hungry again. If you are breastfeeding, this does not mean you don't have enough milk. In fact, your body will adjust to the real needs of your baby (so I believe breastfeeding is best) . You might want to review the symptoms of low blood sugar and try to understand what your baby may be feeling. Also - don't be afraid to ask for help when your baby is fussy. Newborns are a lot of work and it is natural to get tired. Give your baby a little time and it will get back to normal. Happy D day!
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