Gestational Diabetes Can Double the Risk of Language Delays

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Children born to moms with pregnancy-related diabetes run twice the risk of language development problems, new research shows. Researchers compared the grammar and vocabulary skills of kids (ranging in age from 18 months to 7 years) born to moms with gestational diabetes to those born to healthy moms, and found those born to moms with the illness scored lower.


The study is the first to look at the effects of gestational diabetes apart from other factors such as socioeconomic status, hypertension, and whether or not the mom consumed alcohol or tobacco -- and the difference in test scores between the two groups is thought to be due to the effects that gestational diabetes has on the brain development of babies.

The language delays weren't found to be a given, though -- children of better educated moms tended to be less affected, though it's unclear if that's because of the kind of learning environment those moms might create or because of genes that make some babies less vulnerable.

Gestational diabetes is fairly common; between 2% - 14% of babies are born to moms who suffer from it. Both the mom's age and her body weight put her at risk for the disease.

And moms are talking about it around here -- one mom wondered if you could have the disease during one pregnancy but not in another, and some moms said that had been the case for them.

If you have the disease, connect with Moms with Gestational Diabetes -- and if you're concerned, talk to your doctor.

Do you have gestational diabetes or another complication? And if so, how has it affected your pregnancy?

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