Gestational Diabetes (also known as GDM) is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy, usually during the second trimester. Approximately 7% to 14% of all pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. You should be tested for GDM with a blood glucose screening at 24-28 weeks of pregnancy.
If you are diagnosed with GDM, meeting with a registered dietitian, registered nurse, social worker and participating in our Sweet Success program can help you control your blood sugar and avoid complications during pregnancy and delivery. Most women with gestational diabetes can control their blood sugar by diet alone. However, some need to inject insulin or take oral medication in order to maintain their blood sugar within normal limits.
Careful control of your blood sugar and weight gain during pregnancy can help you avoid the following complications:
- Difficult delivery
- High blood pressure
- Cesarean section
And, potential risks to your baby:
- Macrosomia (babies weighing more than 9 lbs. at birth)
- Newborn hypoglycemia
- Birth injury
- Breathing problems
- Premature birth
For more information on gestational diabetes, click here. If you want to be part of the Sweet Success program, talk to your prenatal provider and/or be referred through our ABC Prenatal Program. All insurances, including medi-cal are accepted.