Gestational diabetes is a serious issue in West Virginia that can affect the mother and her baby during pregnancy. It’s estimated that up to 10% of women will develop gestational diabetes, which is rising yearly. Unfortunately, not all gestational diabetes cases are managed properly, leading to potential risks for both mother and baby.
What is gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is one type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. It can cause serious health problems for both mother and baby. However, most women with gestational diabetes have no symptoms.
Left untreated, gestational diabetes can lead to higher blood sugar levels in the baby, which can result in birth injuries such as shoulder dystocia (difficulty delivering the shoulder), macrosomia (excessive weight), and neonatal jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).
Mothers with gestational diabetes are also at increased risk for preeclampsia and cesarean delivery, along with the possibility of birth injuries. The good news is that gestational diabetes can be treated with diet, exercise, and sometimes insulin injections. With proper treatment, most women with gestational diabetes will have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Rising rates are a serious problem
The rising rates of gestational diabetes pose a serious threat to pregnant women and their babies. Expectant mothers must be aware of the potential complications associated with this condition, so they can take the proper measures in reducing their risk. Additionally, healthcare professionals must have the knowledge and skills to properly monitor and diagnose any possible signs or symptoms to ensure successful pregnancies for all expecting mothers.
Awareness and care
With proper awareness and care, doctors can lower the number of birth injuries related to gestational diabetes for both mother and baby.