Recent data reports that 1 in 10 adults have diabetes in North Carolina. With that we are also seeing higher rates of diabetes in women of reproductive age leading to an increased risk for women to have diabetes diagnosed before pregnancy (pre-existing diabetes) or within their pregnancy (Gestational diabetes mellitus; GDM). GDM is one of the most common medical complications of pregnancy.
Diabetes occurs when one has an abnormal glucose metabolism resulting in their blood glucose levels being out of normal range most of the time. If diabetes is well controlled, women can have healthy pregnancies with good outcomes. However, if diabetes is not well controlled in pregnancy the risk for a poor outcome for mom and baby are high. Poor diabetic control can result in worsening maternal health or development of preeclampsia, as well as abnormal fetal growth or amniotic fluid levels, birth defects, stillbirth (loss), and poor newborn transition with breathing issues (respiratory distress), low glucose (hypoglycemia), jaundice, etc. But again, this is our specialty! We are here for your complete diabetic management via nutrition counseling and meal planning. We teach you how to monitor and log glucose values, review your log with you every 3-7 days, and provide dietary or medication management options as needed. We will continue to monitor you and your baby throughout the pregnancy to enable the best outcome possible for you and your baby.
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