Having diabetes and being pregnant, or developing 'gestational diabetes' during pregnancy, doesn't mean that you can't have a completely normal pregnancy and a healthy baby. But it does need careful monitoring. If your blood sugar levels are left to get to high, or even too low, over time this can affect the supply of blood and nutrients to your baby and cause complications. A mother having too high blood sugars can sometimes cause babies in the womb to get very big, a situation described by the medical profession as 'macrosomia', which can cause difficulties during labour and at birth. Diabetic mothers are often looked after by a consultant obstetrician or specialist diabetes nurses and more frequent check ups and blood tests are often needed to make sure that things are going smoothly and the baby is not being affected.
Our solicitors have acted for children who have cerebral palsy as a result of their mother’s diabetes being inadequately monitored by the medical professionals looking out for them during pregnancy. Often the damage occurs to the baby before birth, some time during the pregnancy, and so even if the medical care at the birth is good, the whole of the antenatal care needs to be considered. These are often complex cases and very specialist lawyers, working with highly experienced and senior medical experts, are needed to get to the bottom of things.
If you think that your baby may have been affected by your diabetes during pregnancy, get in touch with us and we'll talk you through whether its possible to make a claim for compensation.