This program provides the opportunity for pregnant women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes to learn about how to self-manage their condition in an interactive and supportive group setting, along with individualized support from health care professionals.
Topics discussed include:
- What is gestational diabetes?
- Testing for ketones and blood sugar
- Effects of food on blood sugars
- Meal planning
- Glycemic Index
- Label reading
- Sugar substitutes
- Calcium/iron/protein needs (or other nutrient needs)
The gestational program takes place every Friday from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
During the first half-hour, the patient has the opportunity to meet with a dietitian for a brief assessment. For the reminder of the time, participants take part in a group program taught by a nurse and dietitian.
After participants have attended the program, they will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment for the following Wednesday, where they will spend time with a nurse and dietitian to track progress. Further follow-up appointments can be scheduled on an as-needed basis.