Maternal diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes, occurs when the mother has too much sugar in her blood during pregnancy. If your body isn’t producing enough insulin, blood sugar levels can rise, and during pregnancy your body needs to make extra insulin. If it can’t keep up with this extra demand, you may develop maternal diabetes.
Maternal diabetes is fairly common, affecting one in six expecting mums. Eating healthily, controlling weight gain and taking regular exercise can decrease your risk, but your midwife should offer you a test if you are displaying any symptoms, or if they think you are at risk due to a high BMI or family history of diabetes. Symptoms can include feeling tired all the time, feeling thirsty with a dry mouth, suffering recurring thrush and urinating frequently.
Failure to diagnose maternal diabetes is a serious issue and if left undiagnosed and untreated, your high blood sugar levels could affect your baby’s growth, which could make labour more difficult and increase the risk of birth complications. It could also result in polyhydramnios, where too much amniotic fluid develops around the baby. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, extra care will need to be taken during labour and your blood sugar levels checked and controlled. The condition could lead to hypoglycaemia in newborns and leave them more prone to type 2 diabetes and obesity in later life.
Claiming compensation – what happens next?
Failure to diagnose maternal diabetes constitutes medical negligence, so if your GP or midwife has failed to spot the condition, even after you have presented with symptoms or previous family history of diabetes, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Whilst this doesn’t make up for any pain and suffering caused as a result of the failed diagnosis, it should provide you with a lump sum settlement to compensate you for the error. Contacting a personal injury lawyer will allow you to establish whether medical negligence occurred, and although most claims for compensation end up in court, your personal injury lawyer will support you every step of the way.
Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
If you think you may be eligible to claim compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline today, as we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. Take the 30-second test on our website, to see how much you could claim, then call our freephone 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to our expert team. Our professional personal injury lawyers have been successfully handling birth injury and medical negligence claims since 2000, so no matter how you or your baby have been affected, call us to see how we can help.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown