Gestational Diabetes Classes at Twin County Regional Healthcare

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What is gestational diabetes?

Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood sugar (glucose) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects about four percent of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the United States each year.

Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. This is called hyperglycemia.

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that occurs ONLY in pregnant women who do not already have diabetes. It usually goes away once the baby is born. Only a small number of women are affected. It occurs at about the 24th week of pregnancy, when your body makes large amounts of hormones to help your baby grow. These hormones keep your insulin from working the way it should. When this happens, your blood sugar rises.

High blood sugar will cause your baby to grow large and make insulin. Don't worry - most women with gestational diabetes have healthy babies. Still, the gestational diabetes has to be treated until your baby is born. Keeping your blood sugar as near normal as possible will prevent problems for you and your baby.

What causes gestational diabetes?

We don't know what causes gestational diabetes, but we have some clues. The placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother's insulin in her body. This problem is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance makes it hard for the mother's body to use insulin. She may need up to three times as much insulin.

What do our classes cover?

Twin County Regional Healthcare offers a one-on-one class on managing Gestational Diabetes. You will receive a blood sugar meter if you need one, be taught how to check your blood sugar, and learn how eating healthy can help your condition.

What will it cost?

Our gestational diabetes class is only $20.00.

How do I register for a class?

To register for our Gestational Diabetes class, call the Diabetes Education Program at 276.238.3565.

You may also register online by clicking here.

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