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Gestational diabetes interventions are sometimes unnecessary

A pregnant woman has a lot of things to think about when it comes to labor and delivery. If she has a medical condition that is affecting her pregnancy, she has to factor that condition into her birth plans. For a woman with gestational diabetes, the need might to balance a normal birth with unwanted interventions might occur because doctors sometimes take a risk-based approach to these pregnancies.

Gestational diabetes does pose some risks to pregnant women and the baby, especially if it is uncontrolled. Premature labor and delivery, a baby that is larger than average and a baby born with immature lungs are some of these complications. But, just because these issues are possible doesn't mean that they will occur in every pregnancy in which gestational diabetes is a factor.

Doctors will sometimes recommend that a woman who has gestational diabetes have an induction before she is 40 weeks. While this is pretty common, it might not be necessary, especially if the baby is doing fine, the gestational diabetes is well controlled, and the placenta is functioning properly.

Another thing that some women with gestational diabetes must contend with is a doctor who is leaning toward a surgical delivery before even giving the woman a chance to labor on her own. In this case, the doctor might say something about wanting to get IVs or epidurals placed early in case a C-section is necessary. While that might seem like a good idea, it might be unnecessary.

When a pregnant woman is subjected to interventions that aren't necessary or isn't treated properly for the conditions she has, the effects can be devastating for her and her unborn baby. She might choose to check into seeking compensation as a way to fight back against medical malpractice or negligence.

Source: Fit Pregnancy, "Gestational Diabetes Versus Unwanted Interventions," Jeanne Faulkner, R.N., accessed Jan. 20, 2017

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