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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs when your body cannot use blood sugar correctly during pregnancy.
This type of diabetes is similar to Type 2 diabetes. Women with gestational diabetes tend be over the age of 30 and overweight. There may also be a family history of the condition. If you had gestational diabetes with one pregnancy, you are likely to have it again.

Gestational diabetes occurs in about four percent of pregnancies.  You usually have no symptoms. Gestational diabetes is usually diagnosed through the blood work you have during weeks 24-28 of your pregnancy or if you had the condition during a previous pregnancy. It is also possible that the first blood work you have after becoming pregnant may detect gestational diabetes.

Your Special Needs


The registered dietitians at Woman’s offer private consultations designed to help you make the right nutritional choices for you, as well as your family. They’re also available to provide guidance for nutritional needs related to specific health concerns, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and pregnancy.

If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, Woman’s Diabetes Center will draw upon the expertise of different healthcare professionals to provide a comprehensive program to meet your special needs. Our certified diabetes educator is a registered nurse who teaches you how to use a home blood glucose monitor to check your blood sugar, as well as any other procedures or information you need to know. Call us at 225-924-8550.

Preventive Care
If you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you and your child have a lifelong risk for getting diabetes. Because of this risk, you need to be tested for diabetes after your baby is born, then every one to two years. You need to know your risks and what you should do after pregnancy for life after gestational diabetes. It's never too early to prevent diabetes. With an emphasis on preventive care, Woman’s Metabolic Health Clinic offers specialized services for women ages 16 and up with a history of gestational diabetes.

Woman’s Hospital Research Department is looking for women who recently were pregnant and diagnosed with diabetes during their pregnancy to take part in a Metabolic Screening Program. Read more to find out if you qualify. If you are interested in participating please contact us at 225-231-5275.