Diabetes in Pregnancy Program 

Diabetes in Pregnancy Program   

The Diabetes in Pregnancy program of Eastern Virginia Medical School Program offers a unique comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the management of patients who have diabetes during pregnancy.

Diabetes patients of varying severity are cared for including those with Gestational diabetes (diet-controlled or insulin requiring) as well as those who require intensive insulin therapy and monitoring.

Diabetes Services provided include:

  • Preconception counseling and management for women with diabetes contemplating pregnancy in order to optimize perinatal outcome to help them achieve a healthy pregnancy.
  • Group educational sessions (usually limited to 4 patients at a time) as well as individual teaching is offered for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
  • Nutritional counseling by a professional perinatal dietitian targeting the special needs of women with diabetes.
  • Exercise counseling for the pregnant woman with diabetes.
  • Comprehensive diabetes teaching is provided by certified diabetes educators who are also perinatal nurses. Educational material includes but is not limited to: the risks to the fetus and mother, self-blood glucose monitoring methods, management of hypoglycemia, self-injection and insulin administration techniques, initiation and management of insulin pump therapy.
  • Access to sophisticated technology for prenatal diagnosis and antepartum fetal surveillance. These include: genetic counseling, fetal ultrasounds (to assess fetal development and growth), fetal echocardiograms (to assess the fetal heart) and antepartum fetal heart rate testing (to assess fetal heart rate and well-being ante-partum).
  • Clinical support is offered 24 hours/day, 7 days/wk by perinatal RNs who are also Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE).
  • Patients with pregestational diabetes are carefully monitored in the postpartum period until they can return to, or be referred to, an endocrinologist or their primary care physician.

The program’s goal is to ensure that women with diabetes have a healthy pregnancy outcome for both mother and child. Services can include co-managed care with the
referring physician or complete obstetric and diabetes care when deemed necessary.
For further information click on any of the following topics:

  • Types of Diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Screening for Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Management of Diabetes During Pregnancy
  • Past Pregnancy
  • Supplemental Insulin
  • Nutrition and Diabetes
  • Carbohydrates and Diabetes
  • Glucose Monitoring
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Exercise with Diabetes During Pregnancy
  • Medications for Diabetes
  • Effects of Diabetes on the Mother
  • Effects of Diabetes on the Baby
  • Preconception Care
  • Substance Abuse in Pregnancy
  • Postpartum Care

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