How to Treat Gestational Diabetes

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Gestational diabetes occurs when a woman develops Diabetes during her pregnancy. Learn how to treat gestational diabetes with help from an expert in the medical field in this free video clip.

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My name is Dwan Kelsey, and I'm a Nurse Practitioner with Well Life, a diabetes clinic and educational resource center located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and we want to talk today about treating gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is when a woman is pregnant and has developed diabetes during pregnancy. With gestational diabetes, the provider, her OB/GYN will frequently monitor her blood sugar because that puts her at risk for a larger baby, a baby that has the potential to be overweight and has the potential to develop diabetes. So, with gestational diabetes, they really monitor those women a lot closer than a woman that does not have gestational diabetes at all. With that, a lot of women will go on to need Insulin because Insulin is one of the things that will not cross the placenta, so it's safe for the baby instead of pills. And so, they place a lot of women on Insulin shots just during the pregnancy. Oftentimes, once the baby has been delivered, then the woman's blood sugar will go down. Now, what we do about women that has had a gestational diabetes, is that particularly if this is their second or third pregnancy, or even more pregnancies with gestational diabetes, they have a 50 percent greater chance of developing diabetes than a woman that does not have gestational diabetes at all. So, we have to really really monitor women that has had a history of gestational diabetes. What a woman can do during the gestational diabetes point is she can watch again, watch what she's eating. Now, she doesn't necessarily need to go on a diet because she is pregnant, and so she needs to gain a certain amount of weight for the viability of the baby and her safe pregnancy. But at the same time, she needs to really really monitor her intake for carbohydrates, her intakes of sugar and fat. So, we don't want her to lose weight but we just want her to eat very healthy. Diabetes is a very complex disease. This has just been basic information regarding diabetes. Please be sure to visit your medical provider for more information or for diagnosis of diabetes.


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