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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 negligence.

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