I thought I had heard it all! The horrible “fear” of obesity has reached an all time high in the UK. According to the Daily Mail, a new trial has begun to prevent overweight mothers from developing gestational diabetes and giving birth to “Sumo Babies”.
Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. According to the American Diabetes Association, poorly controlled gestational diabetes can hurt your baby. When you have gestational diabetes, your pancreas works overtime to produce insulin, but the insulin does not lower your blood glucose levels. Although insulin does not cross the placenta, glucose and other nutrients do. So extra blood glucose goes through the placenta, giving the baby high blood glucose levels. This causes the baby’s pancreas to make extra insulin to get rid of the blood glucose. Since the baby is getting more energy than it needs to grow and develop, the extra energy is stored as fat, resulting in “fat babies”
A common drug given to expectant mothers suffering from gestational diabetes is Metformin. This new study, conducted by the University of Edinburgh, will give 400 women Metformin who have not been diagnosed with gestational diabetes but are at risk of developing this condition because of their weight.
Overweight expecting mothers are living in fear, fear that is reinforced by studies like this. Unfortunately,turning to insensitive doctors you have entrusted with the care of your family will leave you feeling even more defeated. Chantelle, a mother to be in the U.K., has experienced first hand how doctors can blindly treat their patients, “My B.M.I. is 48. I’m in the U.K. and I’m due to give birth on Tuesday. I don’t have diabetes or anything, had a healthy pregnancy and our little man is on target to be about 8lb. I would refuse to take the medication, I know girls who are underweight and have 10lb babies!.. I’m a uk size 18 us 16 I think and I been treated awfully by some doctors there must be even larger women who give birth. I hate the fact that larger women are made to feel bad for having a family”
Is this type of preventative method safe? Do we really have to start our unborn babies on medication to make sure they adhere to the same BMI index that their mother has been striving to maintain all of her life?