Pregnancy Outcomes among Women with Class III Obesity with Pre-diabetic Early Hemoglobin A1C.

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OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in women with a normal A1C (<5.7) compared with those with an A1C in the pre-diabetic range (5.7-6.4). STUDY DESIGN: This study comprises of a retrospective cohort of non-anomalous singleton pregnancies with maternal body mass index (BMI) ≥40 at a single institution from 2013 to 2017. Pregnancies with multiple gestation, late entry to care, type 1 or 2 diabetes, and missing diabetes-screening information were excluded. The primary outcome was development of GDM. Secondary outcomes included fetal growth restriction, macrosomia, gestational age at delivery, large for gestational age, delivery BMI at delivery, total weight gain in pregnancy, induction of labor, shoulder dystocia, and cesarean delivery. Bivariate statistics were used to compare demographics, pregnancy complications, and delivery characteristics of women who had an early A1C < 5.7 and A1C 5.7 to 6.4. Multivariable analyses were used to estimate the odds of the primary outcome. RESULTS: Eighty women (68%) had an early A1C <5.7 and 38 (32%) had a A1C 5.7 to 6.4. Women in the lower A1C group were less likely to be Black (45 vs. 74%, p = 0.01). No differences in other baseline demographics were observed. The median A1C was 5.3 for women with A1C < 5.7 and 5.8 for women with A1C 5.7 to 6.4 (p < 0.001). GDM was significantly more common in women with A1C 5.7 to 6.4 (3.8 vs. 24%, p = 0.002). Women with pre-diabetic range A1C had an odd ratio of 11.1 (95% CI 2.49-48.8) for GDM compared with women with a normal A1C. CONCLUSION: Women with class III obesity and a pre-diabetic range A1C are at an increased risk for gestational diabetes when compared with those with a normal A1C in early pregnancy. KEY POINTS: · One in 3 women with class III obesity had a pre-diabetic range early A1C.. · Class III obese women who have a pre-diabetic A1C have a higher risk of gestational diabetes.. · In this high-risk population, early A1C results in the pre-diabetic range are associated with higher rates of gestational diabetes..

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dillon, J; Mitchell, CJ; Ellett, T; Siegel, A; Denoble, AE; Dotters-Katz, SK

Published Date

  • February 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 238 - 242

PubMed ID

  • 34891200

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-8785

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1055/s-0041-1739358


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States