It affects approximately 7% of pregnant women
2.Â Â It usually has no symptoms
3.Â Â You could potentially have a big baby greater than 9 lbs that poses risks regarding the delivery
4.Â Â Untreated DM causes the babyâ€™s blood sugar to be low when itâ€™s born
5.Â Â Increase risk of shoulder dystocia meaning the baby has broad shoulders and the head is delivered. But the shoulders get stuck
6.Â Â If your sugar was very high before you became pregnant, thereâ€™s an increased risk of having a baby with deformities, especially in the babyâ€™s brain
Many women who have GDM develop DM later in in life
- Staying away from white sugar, white bread, white rice, refined candy and lots of pasta during pregnancy
- If you have GDM, keep a log of your sugar levels
- Moderate exercise (please discuss with your OB professional first)
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