What is gestational diabetes?
This type of diabetes is first recognized during pregnancy, often in the third trimester. It occurs in about 2 percent of all pregnancies.
Sixty percent of the women who had gestational diabetes will eventually develop Type 2 diabetes over a period of many years, though the condition disappears following birth. For other women, glucose becomes normal and they never develop type 2 diabetes.
If diabetes is well managed during pregnancy, there is less reason for concern about the birth. The main risk in having extra glucose in the mother 's bloodstream is that the sugar crosses over to the baby. That extra sugar can make the fetus larger, and a larger baby may make the delivery more difficult.
Poudre Valley Health System offers a special program to help women learn to care of this condition during their pregnancy.
What information does the program cover?
- Healthy, balanced eating for you and your baby
- Monitoring your blood-sugar levels to maintain your health and your baby's health
- A meter to keep track of blood-glucose levels during pregnancy
- Books and pamphlets about gestational diabetes
- Physical activity ideas
How is the program set up?
You will have appointments with a registered nurse and a registered dietitian.
Where are the appointments held?
At the Center for Diabetes, on the lower level of Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, and at Medical Center of the Rockies, in the North Medical Office Building in Loveland.
What does the program cost?
- The cost varies. Most insurance companies cover the cost with a physician referral. Check with your insurance company about coverage.
- Financial assistance my be available, please ask us.
How much time does it take?
It varies, depending on your needs.
Most women have two to three appointments.
How do I make an appointment?
For more information or an appointment, call the Center for Diabetes: 970.495.8205