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Is gestational diabetes serious?

While gestational diabetes can be readily managed with the combination of lifestyle measures such as a healthy diet, regular and appropriate physical activity and insulin (when required), if left untreated, it can have serious health effects on both mother and baby. Effects on the baby include a larger size and weight at birth, which increases the risk of birth injury. For the mother, there is an increased risk of low blood glucose levels and delivery complications.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 14 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Placental abruption

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