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Gestational Diabetes Claims

With the correct antenatal care and lifestyle management, gestational diabetes need not be a frightening experience, allowing you to enjoy your pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.

Left untreated, however, the possible complications can affect both mother and baby.

Tragically, gestational diabetes can result in miscarriage and stillbirth. It is therefore imperative that a pregnant woman is screened promptly and given thorough post-natal check-ups to minimise the risk of complications. Where this does not occur, a gestational diabetes claim may be made.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a specific type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy.

Insulin is responsible for redirecting sugar from the bloodstream to the cells for energy, however hormonal changes during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, along with the growth demands of the foetus, increase a woman’s insulin needs by up to 75%.

If the body is unable to make the amount of insulin needed, sugar will remain in the blood stream causing high blood sugar.

Gestational diabetes can cause a number of complications during labour for instance, if your baby grows to be too large for its gestational age shoulder dystocia can occur during labour. This is a condition where the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind its mother’s pelvis bone, in some cases making the baby unable to breathe.

Other issues that can be caused by gestational diabetes include premature labour, and your baby having low blood sugar or respiratory distress syndrome straight after birth.

Common causes of Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes itself is caused by the presence of too much sugar in the blood which is caused by either by not enough insulin being produced, or the insulin being unable to carry out its usual function.

A number of hormones produced by the body during pregnancy, such as oestrogen, progesterone and human placental lactogen (HPL) can make a woman’s body insulin-resistant. This means that the cells do not respond as well to insulin and as a result the level of glucose in your blood remains high.

Though gestational diabetes is fairly common, affecting one in 20 women across England and Wales, there are often no symptoms. This makes screening for the condition between weeks 8-12 of pregnancy vitally important.

If you have a body mass index reading (BMI) of over 30, there’s a history of diabetes in your family or you’ve had gestational diabetes with a previous pregnancy your chances of developing the condition are increased.

How to make a Gestational Diabetes Claim

Children born from mothers with gestational diabetes whose conditions were not properly treated may need lifetime support, care and medical attention. Compensation may be the only way to secure their future and provide stability for both you and your family.

To make a Gestational Diabetes Claim Freephone 0800 193 88 88
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