Gestational Diabetes is a somewhat common condition that women can suffer during pregnancy. This condition impacts how your body processes sugar, causing high blood sugar, which can lead to complications for both the mother and baby’s health. Ongoing care and frequent check-ups throughout your pregnancy are the best way to catch Gestational Diabetes early and begin a regimen that will reduce the risk of complications.
Know Your Risk
Those most at risk for Gestational Diabetes should inform their doctor and regularly monitor their blood sugar and be aware of the common signs and symptoms of high blood sugar. Common risk factors for Gestational Diabetes include:
- A family history of Type 2 Diabetes
- Development of Gestational Diabetes in previous pregnancies or presence of prediabetes in the mother
Gestational Diabetes Program
University's Gestational Diabetes Program is a three-hour class taught by our Certified Diabetes Educators. Small class size and individualized meal plans make the learning specific to your own special needs. You will receive instruction on blood sugar testing, healthy eating, food label reading, exercise, and what you can do to help keep your blood sugars at a normal level during your pregnancy. Normal blood sugar levels are important for a healthy baby. Follow-up visits are included in the program so changes can be made in your meal plan and goals as needed. Learn more about how to decrease your future risk of type 2 diabetes, how gestational diabetes will affect future pregnancies, and what to expect after your delivery.
Certified Diabetes Educators can help you with many aspects of diabetes care, including:
- Cause and type of your diabetes
- Insulin resistance and how to reverse it
- Proper use of diabetes medication
- Blood sugar testing
- How to use blood sugar results
- What to do for high or low blood sugar
- Benefits and guidelines of exercise
- What to do when you are sick
- Principles of foot care
- Insulin pump therapy
- Successful pregnancy planning
- Regular laboratory tests to detect complications at an early, treatable stage
Whether you are pregnant or considering starting a family, our physicians at the Women’s Center are prepared to help you every step of the way. Learn more about our Obstetrics program and set up an appointment at (706) 774-2825 to ensure that you and your baby get the best care.
If you have developed Gestational Diabetes and you are looking for resources or education, contact University’s Diabetes Services for information about our classes at (706) 868-3241.