What is the frequency of hypoglycemia in infants of mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)?

Updated: Apr 29, 2020
  • Author: Thomas R Moore, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Approximately 15-25% of neonates delivered from women with diabetes during gestation develop hypoglycemia during the immediate newborn period. [48] Neonatal hypoglycemia is less frequent when tight glycemic control is maintained during pregnancy [49] and in labor. Unrecognized postnatal hypoglycemia may lead to neonatal seizures, coma, and brain damage.


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