A comprehensive study spanning four years worth of data suggests that diabetes during pregnancy is usually linked to having a male child.
The cohort study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, looked into close to 643,000 women who gave birth to their first child in the time frame between April 2000 and March 2010 in Ontario, Canada. Results showed a link between the child’s sex and the mother’s likelihood for diabetes during pregnancy, according to a news report. “Our findings suggest a male fetus leads to greater pregnancy-associated metabolic changes than a female fetus does,” said study co-author Dr. Baiju Shah. The researchers declare this discovery as a breakthrough, especially on the premise that “the baby can help us better understand the health of the mother, and can help us predict her risks for future diseases.”
In addition, mothers who delivered a boy as their first child were more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes even after the pregnancy.
Although gestational diabetes develops from various metabolic changes associated with pregnancy, the study suggests that the gender of the baby may have a significant impact on the mother’s health.