Gestational diabetes

If you developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy and feel you were not treated quickly and appropriately, leading to physical or psychological harm, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. The specialist team of solicitors at JMW will give you the best possible chance of a positive outcome.

To contact our team of specialists today and find out more about how we can help, call us for free on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We can provide a free initial assessment of your claim and advise you on what to do next.

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Gestational Diabetes Explained

Gestational diabetes affects women during pregnancy when unusually high levels of glucose are developed within the blood.

The amount of glucose in the blood is usually controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, but during pregnancy your body becomes more resistant to the hormone so that the extra glucose and other nutrients are able to pass to the unborn baby and help it grow.

To counter this the body should produce more insulin, but sometimes women cannot produce the amount of insulin required to ensure the glucose is transported to the body’s cells. This is called gestational diabetes.

Who Is at Risk of Gestational Diabetes?

You are at increased risk of gestational diabetes if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Are of South Asian or African descent
  • Are over 25 years of age
  • Have a parent with Type 2 diabetes
  • Suffer from prediabetes
  • Have previously given birth to a large baby

For more information, take a look at our infographic: Who is at risk of gestational diabetes?


Gestational diabetes brings with it a number of signs and symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased thirst
  • A dry mouth
  • Recurring infections
  • Needing to urinate frequently


According to the NHS, every pregnant woman with one or more risk factors should be offered a screening test for gestational diabetes at their first antenatal appointment.

In addition, a glucose tolerance test (GTT) should take place between weeks 24-28 of pregnancy to see how your body is dealing with the heightened level of glucose.

If you were not offered these tests and developed gestational diabetes, or if you were offered the tests and you were misdiagnosed, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Potential Complications

If the condition is not treated appropriately or is misdiagnosed, it could affect you and your baby, causing complications that can include:

  • Premature birth
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Low blood sugar and other health problems following birth
  • Newborn jaundice
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Increased chances of developing Type 2 diabetes
  • Macrosomia - your baby weighing more than 4kg
  • Shoulder dystocia

If you have suffered from any of these complications and think they could have been avoided, get in touch with our specialist solicitors.

Why Choose JMW?

Our team prides itself on providing simple, easy-to-understand legal advice that will give you the best possible chance of achieving your desired outcome.

Led by leading solicitor Eddie Jones, our team is among the most highly regarded in the UK. It includes members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel. That means you can be sure we have the expertise and experience to get the maximum amount of compensation while reducing the stress felt throughout the process.

Talk to Us

To speak to us about making a gestational diabetes claim, simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back at a convenient time for you.

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