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Does diabetes have any affect on the foetus during pregnancy ?

hi, my sister in 8 months pregnant . she started urinating frequently, so the docotor asked her to get a urine and sugar test done. her reports for sugar - post prandial (after lunch) - 153 , fasting - 84 . HbA1C by HPLC method 5.9..estimated average glucose 123 mg.dl .. i would kindly like to know what this means. as her PP levels are a little higher than the normal level, she has been asked to do the test again. is this temporary diabetes? she is also worried if the baby might get diabetes. what effect would this have on the baby .awaiting reply. thanks
Asked On : Mon, 24 Oct 2011
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Hello.Welcome.Significant insulin resistance of pregnancy develops only in third trimester,gestational diabetes sets only in this period.Your sister is having impaired glucose tolerance test(IGT).Usually blood glucose is normalized after delivery.Do a oral glucose tolerance test after 6 weeks of delivery.Women having gestational diabetes are at higher risk to develop type 2 DM during later part of life.No problem to your baby at the moment.Good luck.
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