Diabetic-Associated Stillbirth: Incidence, Pathophysiology, and Prevention

Donald J. Dudley

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All forms of diabetes during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk for stillbirth, defined as fetal death at greater than 20 weeks. The incidence of stillbirth in women who have diabetes has decreased dramatically with improved diabetes care. Diabetic-associated stillbirth is associated with hyperglycemia, resulting in fetal anaerobic metabolism with hypoxia and acidosis. Prevention of stillbirth in women who have diabetes hinges on intensive multidisciplinary prenatal care with control of blood sugars and appropriate fetal surveillance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-307
Number of pages15
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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