Gestational Diabetes Education Clinic
What happens at my first visit to this clinic?
You will see the dietitian and the diabetes educator (who is also a midwife). They will discuss the following with you:
- What Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is.
- How to test your blood glucose levels at home.
- How to adapt your diet and exercise levels to help manage your blood glucose levels.
Your current antenatal clinic appointments will be cancelled and a new schedule of appointments booked for the clinic: Gestational diabetes—diet management.
Who will I see for the management of my gestational diabetes?
At your follow-up visit (one week later) you will see an obstetrician. At this visit they will check both you and your baby. They will also review your blood glucose levels.
My blood glucose levels are in the normal range
If your blood glucose levels are within the normal range you can continue to use the new appointment schedule, given to you the previous week, for the clinic: Gestational diabetes—diet management for the remainder of your pregnancy. This team includes midwives, dietitians, obstetricians, registrars and obstetric physicians; although you may not see all of these people each visit.
My blood glucose levels are raised
If your blood glucose levels are raised you will be asked to see the obstetric physician; they will plan your ongoing care with you. This may include starting medication to assist in reducing your blood glucose levels. You will also be given a new appointment schedule for the clinic: Gestational diabetes—medication management where you will see the specialist GDM team for the remainder of your pregnancy. This specialist clinic team includes midwives, dietitians, obstetricians and obstetric physicians. Although you may not see all of these people each visit, you will have regular visits with the obstetric physicians.
Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Last modified 03/11/2015.