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Winter conception ups mum's diabetes risk

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016

Women who conceive babies in winter are more likely to develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, a new study shows.

The University of Adelaide study, which analysed 60,000 births in South Australia over a five-year period, has for the first time confirmed a seasonal variation in gestational diabetes.

The research, published on Tuesday, found women who fell pregnant in winter were more likely to develop the condition, with 6.6 per cent affected compared to 5.4 per cent of summer conceptions.

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