Diabetes During Pregnancy
As part of our commitment to improve the health of Arkansans, our comprehensive women’s health services include the best in care for women who have gestational diabetes, Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes during pregnancy.
Each of UAMS’ expectant moms-to-be are screened to ensure their blood glucose is within the normal range. Unlike type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes is not caused by a lack of insulin, but by other hormones produced during pregnancy that can make insulin less effective, a condition referred to as insulin resistance. This condition is common — approximately 3 – 8% of all pregnant women in the United States are diagnosed with gestational diabetes — and can respond to treatment. Gestational diabetic symptoms disappear following delivery.
We’ve developed the following videos, approved by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, to help you understand how to take care of yourself and your baby.
This program helps patients to suceed in three ways:
- Management of gestational diabetes
- Nutritional management for Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes
- Postpartum prevention of Type 2 diabetes through testing, controlling weight gain and lifestyle changes
To schedule an appointment with one of our obstetricians or for gestational diabetes services, please contact our UAMS Women’s Clinic.