Gestational Diabetes

In order to ensure a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby, it is essential to carefully manage diabetes during pregnancy. Sweet Success is a state-affiliated program for women who have diabetes while they are pregnant. Some women, who have never had diabetes before, develop diabetes during pregnancy, a condition called gestational diabetes mellitus, or GDM. Other women may already have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes and become pregnant.

Certified Diabetes Educators at the Allen Diabetes Center provide classes and information for pregnant and breast-feeding women with diabetes to provide detailed meal planning and consultation related to medications as well as insulin instruction and pump training if needed.

Gestational Diabetes Counseling

These classes are for individuals who develop diabetes during pregnancy, topics include:

  • The pathophysiology of gestational diabetes
  • Potential complication associated with gestational diabetes
  • The impact on the mother and baby
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Nutrition education for pregnancy
  • Appropriate energy needs to meet optimal weight gain for pregnancy

Pre-Conception Counseling

These are individual sessions for women with pre-existing diabetes (type 1 or type 2) contemplating pregnancy, topics include:

  • The importance of meeting appropriate A1C goals prior to conception
  • Potential complications associated with diabetes in pregnancy
  • Review of blood glucose mentoring goals

Pre-existing Diabetes (type 1 or type 2) and Pregnancy

These are individual sessions for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are now pregnant, appointments will review:

  • Nutrition education for pregnancy and a review of food exchanges and carbohydrate counting
  • Blood glucose monitoring and medication an insulin instruction

The Sweet Success Program is by physician referral only, please have your healthcare provider complete this form.

For additional details about the program, or questions, please call 949-764-8065.