For Women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
Congratulations, you're pregnant! We now know that the key to a healthy pregnancy for a woman with diabetes is keeping blood glucose (sugar) in the target range — both before pregnancy and during pregnancy. To do this, you need a diabetes treatment plan that keeps meals, exercise, and medication in balance. This plan will change as you change with the pregnancy. You will also need to check your blood glucose often 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 almost 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 will help you successfully manage your blood glucose. The initial education session is an individualized session and will take about three and a half hours. You will meet with a diabetes nurse educator and dietitian. You will be given an individualized pregnancy meal plan and a blood glucose meter if you don’t already have one 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, possibly twice a week until delivery.