You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with
. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Will gestational diabetes hurt my unborn baby?What effect will gestational diabetes have on my unborn baby?Where can I find more information about gestational diabetes?Can you recommend a support group for women with gestational diabetes?
Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk of gestational diabetes?What specific things can I do to reduce my risk of developing gestational diabetes?
Is there a special diet?
If so, what is it?Can you recommend a registered dietitian?
Is there a special exercise program?
If so, what is it?How can I get started exercising?
What treatments are used with gestational diabetes?What treatment is appropriate for me? Why?What should I do to be ready for treatment?How long will my treatment last?What risks and side effects should I watch for?Will it affect my normal activities?What happens if I do nothing?
What medicines are available to me?
Are medicines safe for my unborn baby?What are the benefits/side effects of these medicines?Will these medicines interact with other medicines, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking?Will I have to give myself shots of insulin everyday?Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that will help me?
What lifestyle changes can I make to treat my gestational diabetes?Should I follow a special diet?Are there any dietary changes I should make? How do I go about it?Can you recommend a registered dietitian?
Should I begin an exercise program?
What kind of exercise is best?How often should I exercise?How do I get started exercising?
Will I have diabetes for the rest of my life?Will my baby have diabetes?What can I do to prevent this from happening in my next pregnancy?What can I tell my husband, children, parents, and other family members and friends about my condition?What is my expected prognosis?How often will I need checkups?