National Diabetes Month: Known Your Risks!

The month of November is National Diabetes Month, one of the numerous awareness events driven by the National Diabetes Education Program. The program has declared its theme to be ‘Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It.’ What does this theme mean for people impacted by diabetes during pregnancy and childbirth?

Diabetes is a health condition which must be controlled – whether through dieting, insulin injections or other means supervised by a medical professional. Mitigating the risks of gestational diabetes can help avoid serious health complications in both mother and child. By controlling gestational diabetes, mothers can theoretically mitigate some of their risk of contracting Type II diabetes later on in life (even after the baby is born), as well as lessen the risk of diabetes-related health complications. For the baby, uncontrolled diabetes increases the risk that the baby will be too large (macrosomic), which in turn increases the risk of cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) and labor dysfunction. Babies whose mothers had gestational diabetes are more likely to have neonatal hypoglycemia, which, if not properly treated, can lead to brain damage in the baby.

It’s a doctor’s responsibility to let pregnant mothers with gestational diabetes know about their health risks and how to prevent complications. Awareness campaigns (such as National Diabetes Month) also help spread the word about the importance of informing others about the risks associated with gestational diabetes. Learning about the health conditions that can impact fetal health is the first step to taking action and providing quality care to avoid complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery.

Contact Us if You Had Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy and Your Child Has Injuries, Developmental Delays or Disabilities

Gestational diabetes can be managed with proper diet, exercise, and medications as prescribed by a medical professional. During prenatal care, women are often screened for gestational diabetes and are given a customized regimen to ensure their diabetes is under control.

Birth injuries resulting from gestational diabetes can cause delivery injuries, because babies can be macrosomic (significantly larger than average) or hypoglycemic (have low sugar) at birth.  Birth injuries due to macrosomia and neonatal hypoglycemia are often preventable. It is the responsibility of medical professionals to conduct care according to certain specific standards. If you feel that your care during your pregnancy and/or birth was substandard and caused you child’s developmental disabilities or cerebral palsy, feel free to call us. We guarantee 100% privacy.

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