Ep 56: Everything You Need to Know About Gestational Diabetes (GDM) – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #56: Everything You Need to Know About Gestational Diabetes (GDM) 

I get a lot of questions about gestational diabetes (also known as gestational diabetes mellitus or GDM). I think it scares a lot of women to know that their blood sugar could affect their pregnancy, baby, and delivery, so I wanted to share everything I know about GDM in today’s episode. 

We’re talking about what exactly gestational diabetes is, how common it is, how it's diagnosed, and how it's treated. I’ll also cover some of the side effects GDM can have on you and your baby and why you need to pay extra attention to your own health in the postpartum period. 

All pregnant women get tested for gestational diabetes, but it’s important to remember that the test is for the best for you and baby alike. Don’t try to cheat the test or worry about the results!

If you have any other questions about GDM after listening to this episode, come on over to the All About Pregnancy and Birth Facebook Group - I’d love to answer your questions there.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What exactly gestational diabetes is.
  • How we test for and diagnose GDM.
  • Some of the side effects gestational diabetes can have on you and your baby.
  • The recommended nutritional breakdown of the food you eat during pregnancy.
  • Why insulin is the first-line medication recommended for treating GDM. 
  • How gestational diabetes can affect the postpartum period.

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Keywords

Pregnancy, testing, gestational diabetes mellitus, GDM, diabetes, postpartum

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