Maternal weight, blood glucose levels may affect newborns

04/12/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

Data from the 2008 Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome study show that even slightly elevated blood glucose levels and weight during pregnancy can increase babies' birth weight and insulin levels. The risk for greater birth weight was higher in women who were slightly overweight with moderately elevated blood glucose levels than for women who were obese with normal blood glucose or for normal-weight women who had gestational diabetes, researchers said.

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