Health Care System FactorsDiabetes education is strongly recommended for women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Many times gestational diabetes can be controlled through modifications in diet and increasing the level of physical activity. Diabetes educators play a prominent role in helping many women with gestational diabetes make the lifestyle modifications that will allow them to avoid the need to take glucose-lowering oral medications or insulin to control their blood sugar levels.
Early detection is important. Women with risk factors for gestational diabetes should seek prenatal care as early as possible during their pregnancies.
Postpartum glucose testing is also important to ensure that the gestational diabetes has resolved post delivery. Providers are encouraged to test all women with gestational diabetes at their postpartum visit.
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