Congratulations, you're pregnant! We now know that the key to a healthy pregnancy for a woman with gestational diabetes is keeping blood glucose (sugar) in the target range. During pregnancy -- usually at around 28 weeks or later -- many women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes
doesn't mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth. But it's important to follow your doctor's advice regarding blood glucose
(blood sugar) levels so you and your baby both remain healthy.
To keep your blood glucose in target range you need a diabetes treatment plan that keeps meals and exercise, and if needed medication in balance. You will need to check your blood glucose and keep a record of your results. With your blood glucose in the target range and good medical care, your chances of a trouble-free pregnancy and a healthy baby are as good as they are for a woman without diabetes.
Your obstetrician referred you to our program. Our diabetes education program along with our maternal fetal specialist (perinatologist) will help you successfully manage your blood glucose. The initial education session is usually a group session of three to five women and will take about four hours. The diabetes nurse educator and dietitian will teach the class. You will be given an individualized meal plan and a blood glucose meter and will be taught how to use it to check your blood glucose everyday.
After the initial session, we will stay in contact with you by phone, fax or e-mail on a weekly basis in order to get your blood glucose readings. These blood glucose readings will be discussed with our maternal fetal specialist. We will get back to you with our doctor's recommendations. This will be done weekly until delivery.
For scheduling questions or diabetes related questions
call 983-3945 or 983-3946
We look forward to seeing you!