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Diabetes During Pregnancy

Diabetes during pregnancy, also known as gestational diabetes, occurs in approximately 18 percent of all pregnancies, typically during the second and third trimesters. The cause may be explained by the placental hormones that block the body's use of insulin, which is also a form of insulin resistance.

All pregnant women need to make extra insulin to overcome this temporary insulin resistance, and it usually disappears after giving birth. Treatment of diabetes during pregnancy includes monitoring blood sugar, food and exercise as tolerated and allowed, in addition to pills or insulin as needed. This class:

  • Defines diabetes during pregnancy, how it is diagnosed, and addresses risk factors associated with the disease.
  • Teaches you how to reduce risk factors for you and your baby.
  • Provides information on eating healthy, including carbohydrate awareness, portion control and eating six small meals per day.
  • Includes a discussion of healthy blood sugar ranges during your pregnancy, as well as when to check your blood sugars.
  • Each class includes a free blood glucose meter for monitoring blood sugar and demonstration.
  • Discusses ways to reduce your possible risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
  • After the first class, we provide the option for follow-up sessions with a certified diabetes educator to help fine-tune your meal planning and reinforce information as needed.

Learn more about gestational diabetes from Center for Diabetes Management

For more information on any of our programs or to register for the gestational diabetes class, please call (480) 728-3535.