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How can high blood glucose during pregnancy affect my baby?

Studies have shown that you can have a healthy baby if your blood glucose levels are in the target range. But if blood glucose stays high during pregnancy, babies can grow too large, making a vaginal delivery more difficult. In addition, they can have health problems at birth, such as breathing problems or blood glucose levels that are too low. Other conditions, such as a low level of calcium in the blood, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), and an abnormal increase in red blood cells, also can occur. Your doctor can do special tests after delivery to check for problems.

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