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?
  • Ketones
  • Testing for ketones and blood sugar
  • Exercise
  • 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.