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2014 Service-Learning Symposium: A Comparison of Birth Weights and Placental Weights with Gestational Diabetes

2014 Service-Learning Symposium

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A Comparison of Birth Weights and Placental Weights with Gestational Diabetes

Author: Jenna Kindle

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Keith Belcher

Abstract:

Gestational diabetes is defined as intolerance to carbohydrates at varying severities with onset occurrences during pregnancy. It is estimated that in 7% of pregnancies, the mother will have gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a concern as it can cause the mother to have high blood pressure and for the fetus to have cardiovascular issues and early childhood obesity. It can even cause still birth. A library research study was conducted to determine if there is a statistical difference of means between the control weights of infants/placentas and the weights of infants/placentas produced from a gestation diabetes mellitus (GDM) pregnancy and to determine if there is a statistical significant difference in means of birth weights of females born from a GDM pregnancy to birth weights of males born from a GDM pregnancy. This research is important as it could affect the way doctors are treating the pregnant mothers. If GDM shows a physical impact on the placenta, then it can further illustrate to mothers the impact gestational diabetes has on them and their babies.