Gestational Diabetes and Birth Injuries

What are the Symptoms?

There are a few signs and symptoms to be aware of associated with this condition. Once recognized, you should treat them as soon as possible. A quick response becomes the key to dodging a birth injury like cerebral palsy and other dangerous health conditions. In most cases, women will return to full health after they have given birth. However, there are some instances in which you can experience a variety of symptoms following delivery, including blurred vision, weight loss, fatigue, increased urination and thirst, frequent infections, and vomiting.

Severe Health Complication to Beware Of

One of the more severe complications that you can face during pregnancy is preeclampsia. This health condition is a result of high blood pressure and can lead to organ damage. It threatens the life of both mother and infant. Other complications to be aware of include HELLP Syndrome. This condition is signified by hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes,  and a low platelet count and can cause permanent liver and kidney damage.

Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Along with developing gestational diabetes, this condition puts you at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, you can help prevent this risk.  Through proper weight loss measures, exercise, and consumption of healthy foods, you can remain in a healthy condition and prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes. However, during this time, you may need regular insulin shots to keep blood glucose levels under control.

How Do They Treat This Condition?

Your doctor or nurse needs to intervene if you have this condition because it can become a life-threatening complication if the right precautions are not taken. Normally, medical staff will monitor your glucose levels and change your dietary habits for better results. As stated before, you may also have to get regular insulin injections to keep these levels under control. In many ways, this treatment is similar to that of regular diabetes. But in many cases, gestational diabetes goes away over time. Your doctor may also suggest that you perform daily exercises as a way of keeping diabetes under control.

The sooner that you are aware of the symptoms and confirm the diagnosis, the better. Doing so allows you to obtain treatment before this disorder has the opportunity to become a danger to you or your child. While in most cases, liability for birth injuries is based on the circumstances, if a doctor fails to diagnose you with this in time, they could be held liable. You may need financial help after the damage has occurred. Again, this all depends on the circumstances, but it helps to discuss your case with a legal professional who can help determine liability and what you are entitled to.