Sweet Relief: Gestational diabetes can lead to complications for newborns
5/5/2015 12:11 PM
New Braunfels pharmacy technician Tana Mendez was preparing for a Valentine’s Day delivery when she went into labor a month early. Her son E.J. was born 4 weeks premature and although he weighed 7 lb. 11 ounces, he suffered from jaundice and hypoglycemia as a result of Tana’s gestational diabetes. He stayed in CTMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit under the direction of his provider Dr. Jenifer Kowalik for several weeks getting stabilized.
Gestational diabetes usually develops around the 24th week of pregnancy, so many obstetricians screen for it at that time. Treatment will include special meal plans and regular exercise. Babies born to moms with gestational diabetes can be very large, which might lead to a cesarean section delivery, jaundice, hypoglycemia, pre-term birth and breathing problems.
E.J.’s dad, Johnny, a medical assistant, observed, “The nurses at CTMC went above and beyond what others do. They really showed they cared and knew exactly what to do. E.J. got great attention, and the nurses even joked that he wouldn’t want to leave!”
Today E.J. is a healthy boy, but babies from gestational diabetes pregnancies are at higher risk for developing diabetes later in life.
CTMC Diabetes Educator Mario Torres notes, “Following the right meal plan, regular activity if indicated and following your doctor’s recommendations will help give you a healthy pregnancy and birth. It also helps your baby start a healthy life.”