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What is Gestational Diabetes?

Posted by Women's Health Team on May 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM

gestational_diabetes.jpgGestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and develops when the pancreas is unable to make enough insulin to cover your needs.

It can be hard to detect because there are usually no symptoms. Most health care providers recommend screening all pregnant women between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, your doctor will refer you for self-management education.

Clinicians at the LifeFit Diabetes Care Center can work with you to create an individualized care plan that promotes the health of you and your baby, says LifeFit diabetes educator at Jenny Craft. “Although gestational diabetes is not the best of news during pregnancy, it’s a chance to boost your nutritional health while giving your baby the best start in life,” said Craft. “Our registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators can help you find a convenient and healthy approach to eating throughout your entire pregnancy. Healthy habits we hope that will last for a lifetime!”

Our staff of registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators is available to answer questions and provide more information at any time during your pregnancy or immediately after you have given birth. We provide education sessions and support at both our Beaufort and our Bluffton locations.

Here’s something else you might not know. Women who have gestational diabetes are at a 30 to 60 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

The LifeFit Diabetes Care Center at Beaufort Memorial offers a team approach to managing diabetes. Learn more.

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