Gestational diabetes is a condition in which high blood sugar (diabetes) starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. It is a fairly common condition during pregnancy, and it affects approximately 18% of pregnant women. It occurs when the woman’s body is unable to make and use as much insulin as it needs. It is very important to diagnosis gestational diabetes early in order to treat it to help the health of both the mother and the baby. If it is not diagnosed and treated, it can lead to a macrosomic baby (very large) and this can increase the risk of birth injuries, including:
- Hypoxic ishemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
Women who have gestational diabetes must be closely monitored and treated.
What Causes Gestational Diabetes?
The hormones that a women has during their pregnancy can stop insulin from working correctly. There is a hormone called placental lactogen, which can interfere with the insulin receptors. If this happens, it can cause an increase in the glucose levels in the pregnant woman’s blood.
Women are at a greater risk for developing gestational diabetes if they have any of the following conditions:
- Family history of type 2 diabetes
- Gave birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 lbs.
- High blood pressure and preeclampsia
- Impaired glucose tolerance
- Older than 25
- Overweight before pregnancy
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes
- Too much amniotic fluid
- Unexplained miscarriage or stillbirth
Free Consultation with a Chicago Birth Injury Attorney
RB Law has vast experience with handling birth injury cases for problems resulting from gestational diabetes. If your baby suffered any birth injuries as a result of complications from lack of proper monitoring of gestational diabetes, you need to contact a proficient birth injury attorney right away to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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