HomeAnswersInternal Medicinetype 1 diabetes mellitusHow does diabetes affect the baby during pregnancy?

Will diabetes during pregnancy affect the baby?


The following is an actual conversation between an iCliniq user and a doctor that has been reviewed and published as a Premium Q&A.

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At April 20, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 28, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My sister is 21 years old with type 1 diabetes. When she was 35 weeks pregnant, she had a cesarean section delivery. The baby's heartbeat stopped and they could not get it started. The doctors are blaming it to be due to diabetes. They said that the baby's blood acid was 25 which is five times higher than normal. Her blood sugar was 25 mg/dL at the time of delivery, because they gave her a glass of orange juice. This does not sound right. Please explain her condition to me.


Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Diabetes is a big problem and so, the pregnancy during diabetes is labeled as high risk pregnancy. It is very uncertain to know what side effect might occur. However, the side effects can vary from person to person. It is very difficult to comment about what actually might have happened to the baby. If the sugar level gets low during cesarean section, then yes the baby is at risk. High blood sugar instantly does not stop the heart or affect the baby. It affects the mother by making her more prone to infection and diabetic ketoacidosis (body produces excess ketones). Uncontrolled blood sugar during pregnancy will affect the baby.

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

Dr. Anshul Varshney
Dr. Anshul Varshney

Internal Medicine

Community Banner Mobile
By subscribing, I agree to iCliniq's Terms & Privacy Policy.

Ask your health query to a doctor online

Internal Medicine

*guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. iCliniq privacy policy