Diabetes and Expectant Moms

How is gestational diabetes diagnosed?

Gestational diabetes occurs when pregnancy hormones cause the body to become resistant to insulin. This resistance can increase throughout the pregnancy. Pregnant women should be tested for gestational diabetes between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy.

The method of testing may vary, but typically an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) is completed. This test involves a standard dose of liquid glucose and blood draws for glucose at set intervals. If blood glucose levels exceed the target range, the woman would be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

The Parkview Diabetes Services team offers education specifically for women with diabetes who become pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. This team also supports women who are diagnosed with diabetes during their pregnancy.