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If you are pregnant and have diabetes-whether it is type 1 or 2, or you've developed diabetes while pregnant, which is called gestational diabetes - the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine provides a wide variety of services.
Pregnancy has profound effects on the management of diabetes. If you choose to receive your prenatal care from the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, you will have access to specialty-trained physicians with expertise in the management of diabetes in pregnancy, diabetes nurse-educators, and nutritionists who specialize in diabetes during pregnancy.
Research has shown that women whose blood sugar levels are elevated when they become pregnant have a higher risk of having a baby with birth defects. We will help you obtain and maintain good control of your blood glucose levels before you become pregnant to decrease this risk.
If you choose to receive your prenatal care from any other obstetrician, we can also help, providing:
- Informal classes for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) that explain GDM, the risks it poses to both a mother and baby, and recommended treatment.
- Individual sessions with our diabetes nurse-educators to learn how to test your own blood glucose levels using a glucometer.
- Individual sessions to learn how to prepare and give yourself an insulin injection if necessary American Diabetes Association.
You can find more information at the following national organizations' websites: