Q: What are the main complications in the newborn?
A: Although the rate of complications is very low, babies born to mothers who had gestational diabetes may have:
- Low levels of blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Low levels of calcium and magnesium in the blood
- Neonatal jaundice
- Respiratory problems (breath problems)
Hypoglycemia is the most common complication, but even so the incidence is low. Hypoglycemia is checked for by measuring the newborn's blood glucose in the first 1-2 days of life.