Hamilton Diabetes Treatment Centerʼs staff of Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians are Certified Diabetes Educators who will work with you and your doctor to create an individualized care plan that promotes the health of you and your baby.
The staff is available to answer questions and to provide more information at any time during your pregnancy or immediately after you have given birth.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and disappears after the delivery of the baby. Gestational diabetes develops when the pancreas is unable to make enough insulin to cover your needs during pregnancy.
The exact cause of gestational diabetes is not known. Many people believe it occurs because of something they have done wrong, such as eating too many sweets. This is not true. Certain factors tend to increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes:
Because every pregnancy is different, talk with your physician about the best care plan for you and your baby. Usually, gestational diabetes is managed by:
It is not uncommon for insulin injections to be required during pregnancy. Insulin injections are not usually required after the baby is born.
In 98% of all women diagnosed with gestational diabetes, blood glucose levels go back to normal when the baby is born. However, it is important to discuss the risk factors with your doctor and have your blood glucose tested at your 6 week postpartum visit. In order to maintain blood glucose control and to reduce the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes after the delivery of you baby, meal plan counseling and follow up are available.