Gestational diabetes refers to diabetes that develops during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Most women who get gestational diabetes are diagnosed at the end of the second trimester after undergoing a screening test at 24-28 weeks. Fortunately, gestational diabetes is not associated with fetal anomalies; however, it can pose some pregnancy risks for the baby and the mother if not appropriately managed. These risks include:
- Abnormal fetal growth and amniotic fluid volume
- Difficult delivery for the mother and/or the baby
- Need for cesarean delivery
- Metabolic abnormalities and jaundice for the baby
Scottsdale Perinatal Associates, LLC has a team of medical professionals to manage and minimize the risks of gestational diabetes, including a nurse practitioner diabetic educator, sonographers, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists. Our team can assist with nutrition counseling, dietary assessments, blood sugar evaluations, medical therapy, ultrasounds, antenatal testing, and delivery planning.
Postpartum Management of Women With Gestational Diabetes
Many women with gestational diabetes have normal blood sugars after delivery and do not have persistent glucose intolerance; however, long-term care with a health professional is advised as 50-70% of women will become overtly diabetic later in life. It is important to screen for residual diabetes after your delivery and each year subsequently to ensure your long-term health.
Speak to Your Provider About Diabetes Management
While gestational diabetes is relatively common, every pregnancy is unique. Our team at Scottsdale Perinatal Associates, LLC is here to help you thrive during your pregnancy with personalized care. Contact one of our providers today to assist with your gestational diabetes management.