Penn Obstetrics and the Diabetes Education Center at Pennsylvania Hospital provide education and support for prenatal women with diabetes.

What happens if you have diabetes?

Untreated or poorly controlled diabetes can hurt you and your baby. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, or had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes prior to your pregnancy, it is important that you work with your health care provider to create a treatment plan that keeps meals, exercise, and insulin in balance.

There are three major types of diabetes. All types have the potential to adversely affect your prenatal health.

  1. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood. The body makes little or no insulin, and daily injections of insulin are required to sustain life. Without proper daily management, medical emergencies can arise.
  2. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adulthood. It is far more common than Type 1 and accounts for up to 90 percent or more of all diabetes cases. The pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal. Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common due to the growing number of older Americans, increasing obesity, and failure to exercise.
  3. Gestational diabetes is a condition that causes high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Women are screened for gestational diabetes between their fourth and 28th week of pregnancy.

Diabetes During Pregnancy Group

The Diabetes During Pregnancy Group offers information about ways to manage diabetes throughout your pregnancy in an informal setting. Group meetings provide information regarding nutrition, exercise and use of medication as well as blood sugar monitoring, insulin injections and proper foot care.

The group meets in the Diabetes Education Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. For more information and meeting times and dates, please call 1-800-789-PENN (7366).

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