woman with gestational diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy. It is tested for during weeks 24-28 of pregnancy with an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test ordered by your Obstetrician. Pregnancy hormones increase your blood sugar levels to meet baby’s growth needs. If your body is unable to meet the insulin needs to handle the extra sugar, you will need assistance. Up to 15% of pregnant women have gestational diabetes. 

The Mercy Diabetes Education Program can help you with dietary changes, monitoring blood sugars and medications, if needed. We offer individual or group sessions with a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). 

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