Gestational diabetes affects between one and 18% percent of all pregnancies, and is a serious condition that can affect unborn babies under even the best of circumstances. It is essentially the presence of high blood sugar and the body’s inability to make and use an adequate amount of insulin.
Doctors are keen to treat gestational diabetes because it can cause very large babies, who are then susceptible to shoulder dystocia injuries. Associated health issues may require pre-term delivery, and could cause neonatal seizures. Treatment usually includes a diabetic diet, with limited caloric and carbohydrate intake. Exercise is usually required, and blood glucose levels must be monitored.
Some doctors may prescribe medication. Glyburide, for example, is an oral medication which helps to control blood sugar levels. It is a convenient, oral alternative to insulin. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not evaluated Glyburide for safety in unborn babies. New research shows that mothers treated with Glyburide are more likely to have respiratory distress, hypoglycemia, and have subsequent stays in the NICU.
A recent study does not go so far as to counsel wholesale avoidance of Glyburide among pregnant women; however, it does encourage that the prescription be given a second thought, and that alternatives be considered.
If your child suffered injuries resulting from gestational diabetes, contact our medical malpractice attorneys at (855) 712-7818 or online. We can help you to determine whether those injuries were avoidable, and whether doctors did everything possible to prevent injury.
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