Diabetes in Pregnancy Treatment
The treatment for gestational diabetes usually includes a diabetes diet, exercise, and blood sugar monitoring. Some may require additional treatment with insulin. For some women, an oral medication such as glyburide may be an option.
Basic goals for treating gestational diabetes includes:
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain blood glucose level between 70 and 140 mg/dl:
- Fasting blood sugars less than 100 mg/dl
- Glycosylated hemoglobin levels less than 6.5%.
The treatment options for gestational diabetes include:
Diabetes in Pregnancy Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of gestational diabetes.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for diabetes?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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