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I am pregnant and my HbA1c is 8.9. Will it cause any harm to the baby?

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Published At March 11, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 23 year old female. I am 45 days pregnant, and my HbA1c is 8.9. Will it cause any problem to the baby? I am taking medicine, and my sugar is under control now.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, HbA1c is high. It indicates sugar levels in the last three months. Diabetes during pregnancy will cause a small risk of congenital malformations, but it could be detected on the fetal scan at 16 to 18 weeks of gestation. Since it is detected early, now make sure your sugars are controlled to prevent the further risk to your baby. Do not worry now and get one scan at 16 to 18 weeks to rule out any problem. Kindly follow with your endocrinologist.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology

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