Each year, approximately three to eight percent of women in the United
States develop gestational diabetes during their pregnancies. The exact
cause of gestational diabetes is unknown, but it causes non-diabetic women
to experience dangerously elevated levels of blood sugar – usually
between the 20th and 24th week of pregnancy – which causes blurred
vision, increased thirst, and other relatively mild symptoms. These symptoms
generally disappear after delivery, when levels of estrogen, cortisol,
and other hormones return to normal.
Although the effects of gestational diabetes are short-lived for the mother,
the condition can pose problems for the baby. Women with gestational diabetes
often give birth to babies that are considerably larger than normal, with
unusually low blood sugar levels or both. Low blood sugar at birth often
requires the administration of intravenous glucose for the newborn.
Fortunately, gestational diabetes is usually preventable – or manageable
once it develops. Keeping it under control requires careful monitoring
of blood sugar levels once gestational diabetes is diagnosed along with
lifestyle changes that help women keep blood sugar in the normal range.
Doctors do, however, make mistakes, and a failure to properly diagnose
and treat a condition like gestational diabetes may constitute medical
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