Up to 9.2 percent of pregnant women in the United States have gestational diabetes, a form of glucose intolerance that can affect the health of both mother and baby. Not only is gestational diabetes common, it has been on the rise in the past 20 years.
The diagnosis may sound frightening to an expectant mother but, when caught early, this problem can be managed effectively without causing any lasting health problems. At Yale Medicine, our specialists in Maternal-Fetal Medicine spend a great deal of time counseling patients on how to stay healthy, starting immediately from their first prenatal visit after diagnosis.
"In addition, we have wonderful resources—a registered nurse and certified diabetic nurse educator—who also meet with the patients and serve as their main point of contact throughout the pregnancy," says Yale Medicine's Michelle Silasi, MD, a Yale Medicine Ob/Gyn.