As a part of monitoring most pregnancies, doctors require pregnant women to undergo a glucose tolerance test to diagnose gestational diabetes. If the doctor fails to identify this maternal health concern, serious complications can result. It could even put the mother and the baby’s lives at risk.
Gestational diabetes requires careful management and monitoring to ensure the mother’s blood sugar levels remain under control. This will greatly reduce the risk of complications or birth injuries and even make it more likely that the mother can deliver the baby vaginally.
If gestational diabetes goes undiagnosed, the consequences could be serious. Complications for the baby may include:
- Especially large size (Macrosomia)
- Long and difficult delivery, with delayed birth in some cases
- Additional injuries related to their difficult birth, including physical and cognitive disabilities
- Premature birth
- Increased risk of respiratory distress syndrome
- Hypoglycemia after birth
- Stillbirth or death
When a doctor fails to recognize the signs of gestational diabetes or adequately monitor the mother’s health and the health of the baby, this can quickly lead to serious health issues for both the mother and the infant. This type of case could possibly support a valid medical malpractice claim for failure to diagnose.