If you’re pregnant and have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, or develop gestational diabetes, you have special health concerns. In addition to the new demands that pregnancy puts on your body, you also have to carefully monitor and control your blood sugar levels and manage your diabetes medications.
The good news is if you manage your diabetes well, you can have a relatively normal pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.
The Diabetes Management program is here to help you, functioning as the quarterback of your care team. We create a customized care plan for you, based on your medical history and laboratory test results, and coordinate the efforts of your care team, which consists of:
You’ll start out learning how diabetes affects your pregnancy, and how pregnancy affects your diabetes. Along with managing blood glucose levels, we’ll create a treatment plan that keeps meals, exercise and insulin in balance. We’ll monitor your progress and adjust the plan as your pregnancy progresses.
Managing Blood Glucose. Your blood glucose level will change during pregnancy, and will require more work to control. We’ll set target ranges for you, and you’ll use frequent home blood glucose testing to make sure your levels stay within the healthy ranges.
Medications. We’ll help you find the best medications to help you maintain good glucose control. This often means switching from oral medications to insulin during your pregnancy.
Nutrition. Our registered dietician will teach you about nutrition and help you with planning healthy meals for both your baby’s growth and control of your blood sugar. Your dietician will keep track of your weight gain and modify your diet as needed.
Exercise. Physical activity is a key part of diabetes treatment, especially during pregnancy. We’ll help you find an exercise program that is both safe and effective in helping maintain a healthy weight and blood glucose range.
Monitoring Your Overall Health. Our perinatologists are experts in caring for both mothers and babies during high-risk pregnancies. They will monitor your baby's development and overall well-being with regular ultrasounds. They will also monitor your blood-sugar levels, kidney function, blood pressure and overall health.
If you’re a diabetic and considering pregnancy, it's extremely important that you have normal blood glucose levels and be healthy overall before you become pregnant. If your blood glucose levels are high in the first six weeks, before you even know you are pregnant, it can have a devastating impact on your developing fetus.
The Diabetes Management Program offers valuable pre-conception counseling to help ensure your blood glucose levels, medications, nutrition and overall health are all in line to give you the best shot at a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
You will need a physician's referral to participate in the Diabetes Management Program.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 425.899.2200