Gestational diabetes is a pregnancy-induced disease usually occurring in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is caused by an intolerance of carbohydrates and is characterized by abnormally high blood glucose levels.
If untreated, the mother is at increased risk of blood pressure problems, infections, and other associated complications. The baby is at increased risk for cardiac problems, prematurity and stillbirth.
We offer a specialized diabetes education program to teach self-management techniques to mothers-to-be in personalized, one-on-one sessions. Through the Holy Cross Gestational Diabetes Program, women with gestational diabetes are able to meet with a certified nurse diabetes educator and dietitian. Through the program, expectant moms learn:
- Why blood sugars may become abnormally high during pregnancy
- Steps for ensuring a healthy pregnancy
- Ways to test blood sugar (equipment loans are available)
- Meal planning
- The need for insulin
- What to expect after the baby is born
Following instruction, physicians will be notified of the patient's progress. Patients will have follow-up contact when patients provide blood sugar results on a weekly basis to the nurse educator.
For more information about the Holy Cross Gestational Diabetes Program, contact Nancy Wood, RN, diabetes educator at 301-754-7449.