How Gestational Diabetes Can be Treated to Minimize New York Birth Injuries

The phone call is one that no pregnant woman wants to receive.  The results of the glucose tolerance test are in and gestational diabetes has been diagnosed.  It is a frightening and overwhelming diagnosis that may have a significant impact on the health of both the mother and child unless the gestational diabetes is appropriately monitored and managed.

Gestational Diabetes Treatment

Once gestational diabetes is diagnosed, the mother should be taught how and when to monitor her blood sugar.  Many women are instructed to check their levels four to five times a day to make sure that their blood sugar is within normal limits and is not putting their baby, or themselves, in danger.

Additionally, women with gestational diabetes are typically instructed about how to eat a healthy diet and how to exercise safely to maintain blood sugar levels.  For some women, diet and exercise will not be enough to maintain proper blood sugar levels and medications such as oral glyburide or insulin shots may be prescribed.

What Happens When Gestational Diabetes Goes Untreated

Doctors must carefully monitor the health of the baby to detect any potential problems with growth or development.  If gestational diabetes is not properly treated then the baby may:

  • Be excessively big.
  • Have respiratory problems because of an early birth.
  • Be born with low blood sugar.
  • For the mother the risks include high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, and diabetic shock.

When to Contact a New York Birth Injury Lawyer

If your child suffered a birth injury because of untreated gestational diabetes then it is important to contact a New York birth injury attorney as soon as possible after delivery.  An experienced New York City birth injury lawyer will review your case and discuss your legal options and potential recovery with you. 

For more information please contact a New York injury lawyer at The Pagan Law Firm: 1-800-PAGAN-911.

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