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Gestational Diabetes Can Lead to Birth Complications

Michael Becker

Gestational diabetes is a condition that expectant mothers can develop during pregnancy. Not only can this condition lead to problems for the mother but birth complications that can injure the baby are also an unfortunate consequence. This is why it’s important that the doctor accurately diagnose the mother in a timely fashion.

When gestational diabetes has been diagnosed, it’s crucial that your doctors monitor and treat your condition through each stage of your pregnancy–for the sake of your health–and that of your baby.

Some of the types of birth complications that can result from gestational diabetes include:

  • birth defects;
  • organ damage;
  • breathing difficulties;
  • jaundice;
  • nerve damage;
  • heart dysfunction;
  • fractures;
  • brain damage;
  • polycythemia (increase in red blood cells);
  • hypocalcemia (low amount of calcium in blood); and
  • large babies (which creates additional birth complications).

Many of these birth complications are preventable. If there is danger to an unborn child and a physician failed to recognize or treat it and injury resulted, they could be held liable through a birth injury claim.

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