Diabetes & Pregnancy

The Ueberroth Program for Women with Diabetes at the Allen Diabetes Center dramatically enhances the continuity of care available to women in the community. This program helps ensure that all women, regardless of their financial circumstances, have access to world-class diabetes care throughout their lives including before, during and after pregnancy.

In order to ensure a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby, it is essential to carefully manage diabetes during pregnancy. Some women, who have never had diabetes before, develop diabetes during pregnancy, a condition called gestational diabetes mellitus, or GDM. Other women who may already have t1d or t2d need special care before and during pregnancy.

In our Sweet Success program, certified diabetes educators 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 (GDM) Counseling

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

  • The pathophysiology of GDM
  • Potential complications associated with GDM
  • The impact of GDM 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 (t1d or t2d) contemplating pregnancy, topics include:

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

Pre-existing Diabetes (t1d or t2d) 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.

The Allen Diabetes Center also offer free support groups and events.

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