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This is Dr. David
1. in most cases with gestational diabetes, you need it controlled during pregnancy to help the baby.
but in your case, it seems like your second baby was delivered fine.
most likely medications would not help helped with birth weight.
your choice of not taking medication most likely is not affecting your sons growth and weight now.
he does not have increased risks for diabetes necessarily
Hi Dr David, I'm sorry if it wasn't clear - I was not keen to take medication but I did take it for the last six weeks of my pregnancy. I have subsequently wondered if it was really necessary as I find it strange that I was told I was likely to have a bigger baby due to the diabetes but he is so small compared to my older son and have wondered whether this was due to the medication.
no, the size of the baby was not due to you taking the metformin.
fetal development size is complicated and depends on many factors .
Hi Dr David sorry if I wasn't clear. I was not sure that I needed the medication but I did agree to take it as I was told it was necessary for the baby, I would have a bigger baby. What I find strange is that he is not bigger - he is so much smaller than his brother. This has made me wonder whether the medication was really necessary and if not whether taking the metformin during pregnancy is the reason he is so small now or whether he would have been this weight anyway.
is a good article.
no, the size of the baby was not influenced by you taking metformin.
"The degree of fetal metformin exposure does not influence fetal outcome in gestational diabetes mellitus."
do you have any other questions?
Oh ok, that's interesting. What is the reason for taking metformin then when pregnant? I was told it was to prevent him from being too big?
the metformin is to help you gain less weight
so you don't gain so much weight
and to control your blood sugar levels.
Oh right. That is different from what I was told. I was told it is for the baby. Ok well thanks.