Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a condition which occurs when the pregnant woman’s body is unable to cope sufficiently with the increased level of hormones from the placenta. These hormones stop the mother’s insulin from working properly. This is called insulin resistance. Once the baby is born things return to normal.
GDM does not mean that the baby has diabetes.
GDM is initially managed by monitoring blood glucose levels, healthy eating and regular physical activity. A woman with GDM can go on to have a normal labour and delivery, and a healthy baby – the key is to maintain blood glucose levels in the recommended range.
Catherine will provide you with the tools you need to manage your blood glucose levels for the rest of the pregnancy. A reliable blood glucose meter can be provided at no charge and you will learn when and how to monitor your blood glucose levels. You will learn what to do to prevent a high Blood Glucose Levels and what to do if they occur. You will be provided with the information and support you need to get through these next few months until your baby is born.
If an endocrinologist (specialist diabetes doctor) is recommended then Catherine will work with the endocrinologist and yourself for the best outcome for both you and your baby.
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