COVID-19 Update - Impact on Gestational Diabetes Group Delivery
Healthy Living NT’s Gestational Diabetes Group is now being delivered via a series of short videos and phone consultations from Healthy Living NT health professional staff. One of our educators will have contacted you to arrange a phone consultation for after you have watched these videos, discuss monitoring and the targets, as well as organise a follow up phone consultation to assess how you have been and give additional individual advice.
If you are able, please also download the following free blood sugar tracking apps, these apps can be used as a blood glucose diary and assist your diabetes educator in supporting you;
- Apple devices (iPhone, iPad) - Glucose – Blood Sugar Tracker
- Android devices - GLog
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and usually goes away after the baby is born. In pregnancy, the placenta makes hormones that help the baby to grow and develop. Gestational diabetes occurs because these hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin on the body’s cells and stops them from being able to take up glucose (insulin resistance). To make up for these hormones blocking the insulin, the woman’s body needs more insulin than normal to get the glucose into the cells to be used as energy. In most pregnancies, a woman’s body can meet the extra demand for insulin, but if the body cannot produce this much insulin, gestational diabetes develops. When the pregnancy is over and pregnancy hormones are no longer blocking insulin from working, gestational diabetes no longer exists.
Up to 8% of all pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy. Those most at risk include women over thirty, those who have a family history of type 2 diabetes and those who are overweight.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are at increased risk, as are certain ethnic groups including Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Middle Eastern and Polynesian/Melanesian women. Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
AusDRisk - Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool a risk factor calculator provides information about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is diagnosed with an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). For more information, including how gestational diabetes may affect your baby, go to our information sheets.