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Diabetes associated with high Caesarean section rate

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The strength of uterine contractions in diabetic pregnant women is significantly weaker than in non-diabetic women, increasing the risk of emergency Caesarean, according to a study in Diabetologia.

Liverpool Women’s Hospital researchers studied more than 100 biopsies and found contractions in women with diabetes were not as strong as in other women.

Uterus tissue in diabetic women also failed to reach the levels of contractility usually seen when stimulated with the drug oxytocin - commonly given to women experiencing difficult births.

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