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Talking to Your Doctor About Gestational Diabetes

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by Calvagna M
 

General Tips for Gathering Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
  • Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
  • Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
  • Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.

Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor

About Gestational Diabetes
  • 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?
About Your Risk of Developing 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?
About Treatment Options
  • 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?
About Lifestyle Changes
  • 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?
About Outlook
  • 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?
 

References


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Diabetes and pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org. Accessed July 2010.


American Diabetes Association website. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org.


National Institute of Child Health & Human Development website. Available at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov.

 

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