How gestational diabetes can harm your baby

Women who develop diabetes while they are pregnant, or become pregnant while being overweight, put the long-term health of their children at risk, experts have warned.

Babies are being born addicted to sugar because their mothers eat too much during pregnancy.

The infants are being forced on to sugary drips just hours after birth to counter withdrawal symptoms.

Patrick O`Brien, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists spokesman said that babies exposed to huge amounts of sugar in the womb continued to make large amounts of insulin after birth.

`A baby getting too much sugar is producing too much insulin. The minute it`s born, effectively it is cut off from its mother`s sugar supply but keeps on making insulin because its sugar goes too low,` the Daily Mail quoted O`Brien as saying.

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`Often, these babies have to be fed early or more often they are put on a drip and given glucose,` he said.

Others are fed sugar through a tube direct into their stomach.

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