Mary Barton, scientific director of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, said that the diagnosis of shoulder dystocia and the decision to perform a c-section are both “highly subjective.” The task force in May 2008 examined gestational diabetes screening and treatment, concluding that there is insufficient scientific evidence to advise either for or against screening for gestational diabetes. The task force also noted that a majority of the positive screenings are false positives, which increases a woman’s anxiety, but that recommendations for exercise and watching weight gain during pregnancy could be a benefit to all pregnant women. Barton said the task force will review the new study’s findings in more detail to determine if it needs to update its recommendations. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all pregnant women in the U.S. be screened for gestational diabetes.
From Medical News Today.