Our specialists help women identify and avoid the potential problems gestational diabetes can cause. Often, the solution is as simple as small changes to your diet.
What Is Gestational Diabetes?
It is normal to have questions about what this condition means for you and your baby, but you should know you’re not alone. One in 9 pregnant women will experience gestational diabetes during their pregnancy.
Here are some helpful points to note:
What causes it: Hormones likely play a role. However, there is much doctors still do not know about what causes some women to develop gestational diabetes while others are not affected.
Why it is important to manage it: Consistently high blood sugar levels can affect your baby. Untreated, gestational diabetes can lead to blood sugar problems for your baby after birth and potentially long-term health challenges. Keeping your blood sugar levels in a normal range during pregnancy will help ensure the safety and health of you and your baby.
What you can do: A diabetes health provider can help you determine how to best manage the condition. It may require small changes to your diet, sometimes referred to as a gestational diabetes diet. In some cases, medication might also be necessary.
Our Diabetes Care: Experience the Blessing Difference
If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, our specialists help you make healthy choices for you and your baby. Patients with gestational diabetes trust the Blessing Diabetes Center because we offer:
Quick access to care: We know the right education can help ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. We prioritize gestational diabetes patients to get you in quickly.
One-on-one guidance: The health and safety of your baby is your No. 1 priority, and it is ours, too. Every patient with gestational diabetes will spend 1 hour each with a diabetes educator and a dietitian. During this time, we get to know you and learn about your specific challenges. You will walk away with a plan that is individualized to your lifestyle.
Care that focuses on you: Our specialists are invested in your success—and you will feel it. After delivery, one of our friendly faces will stop by to welcome your little one to the world and ensure everyone’s healthy. We will make sure all your questions are answered before you head home with your baby. And we are only a phone call away should you have any questions down the road.
To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call (217) 223-8400, ext. 5900.