Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes: helping you and your unborn baby stay healthy

It’s not uncommon for mothers-to-be to develop diabetes during pregnancy. Usually, it will go away after you give birth. But, in any case, the raised blood sugar levels it causes need to be carefully managed, for the health of you and your baby. As you are no doubt expecting (if you’ll forgive the pun), we have long experience in helping women with gestational diabetes to remain in the best of health throughout their pregnancy…

For a specialist Consultant appointment (no Doctor’s referral required) or to get a second opinion Call +44 (0)800 0483 330 Email info@londonmedical.co.uk

What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in pregnancy, usually during the second or third trimester.

It’s caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy, which increase the risk of insulin resistance and can make it difficult for your body to use insulin properly – resulting in raised blood glucose levels.

It’s usually diagnosed by a blood test at 24-28 weeks into pregnancy, though if you’ve had the condition in previous pregnancies, you may be tested earlier.

Women with gestational diabetes don’t have diabetes before their pregnancy, and after giving birth it usually goes away. With good management of gestational diabetes, you can increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

For a GP appointment (no Doctor’s referral required) or to get a second opinion Call +44 (0)800 0483 330 Email info@londonmedical.co.uk

Helping you manage gestational diabetes

To help you manage gestational diabetes safely, you will need regular appointments for monitoring before and after the baby is born. This will involve all our Diabetes Team, alongside:

• Regular blood glucose monitoring
• Dietary and exercise advice during pregnancy to help control blood glucose
• Medication if blood glucose is not under control (this may be tablets or insulin injections) as blood glucose levels can increase as pregnancy progresses

For a nurse or dietitian appointment (no Doctor’s referral required) or to get a second opinion Call +44 (0)800 0483 330 Email info@londonmedical.co.uk

London Diabetes Centre Gestational Diabetes Service

In response to increasing demand, we’ve recently reviewed and improved the service we offer to women with gestational diabetes.

We now offer a double appointment on Thursdays with the Diabetes Specialist Nurse (30 minutes), followed by a consultation with Diabetes Team Dietitian (45 minutes).  This service is £150 and includes follow-up emails post consultation.

You can find more information on gestational diabetes here:

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

For a specialist Consultant appointment (no Doctor’s referral required) or to get a second opinion Call +44 (0)800 0483 330 Email info@londonmedical.co.uk