Health Status OutcomesWomen with gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Some studies indicate that as many as 40% develop type 2 diabetes within 20 years of being diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
There is some evidence regarding the higher risk of diabetes to infants born to mothers with diabetes during pregnancy as well. There appears to be a greater likelihood that these infants are born with compromised pancreatic beta cells, leading to a higher chance of developing diabetes.
Poor outcomes from gestational diabetes to babies:
[[br]]Very large baby (Macrosomia)
[[br]]Respiratory Distress Syndrome
[[br]]Low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
[[br]]Type 2 diabetes later in life
Complications to mother:
[[br]]High blood pressure
[[br]]Increased risk of diabetes
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