What is gestational diabetes and what are the risks?

By Jason Brady

Baby in an incubator

Whilst Gestational diabetes can happen to any pregnant woman, there are a number of factors that raise the risk of the condition occurring

What is Gestational diabetes and what are the risks?

Gestational diabetes is a condition that can occur at any stage of pregnancy, although more frequently in the second or third trimester.  It occurs when there is high blood sugar (glucose), owing to the fact that your body is unable to produce enough insulin, to meet additional requirements during pregnancy.

What are the risk factors for Gestational diabetes?

Whilst Gestational diabetes can occur happen any pregnant woman, there are a number of factors that raise the risk of the condition occurring. It is therefore vital that medical professionals factor these in when assessing their patients, otherwise there is an increased likelihood of a gestational diabetes compensation claim. The known risk factors are:

  • A high body mass index (BMI) above 30
  • Previously giving birth to a baby over 10lb
  • Having gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy
  • If a sibling or parent has diabetes
  • Being of Black, African-Caribbean, South Asian or Middle Eastern origin
  • Specialist birth injury solicitors
  • No win, no fee claims
  • Independently recognised as experts

How gestational diabetes can impact your pregnancy

Whilst the majority of women with gestational diabetes go on to deliver healthy babies, it is important to note that the condition does present certain complications, which if not managed suitably can have serious consequences for both mother and baby.

The accurate diagnosis and provision of treatment are important in ensuring the safety of both mother and baby and to minimise the potential for gestational diabetes negligence claims.

Treatment can vary from changes in diet and exercise to requiring an early induction or c-section delivery. The most appropriate treatment plan should be discussed directly with you by your midwife or doctor.

Complications that can arise as a result of gestational diabetes include:

  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Premature birth
  • Abnormal growth of the baby – leading to delivery complications
  • Newborn jaundice
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Low blood sugar after birth
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