Gestational Diabetes

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that starts during pregnancy. If you have gestational diabetes, your body isn’t able to use the sugar (glucose) in your blood as well as it should, so the level of sugar in your blood becomes higher than normal.

About 7% of all pregnancies are complicated by gestational diabetes, resulting in more than 200,000 cases annually, according to the American Diabetes Association. Most often, gestational diabetes goes away after the baby is born. It is important to control your blood sugars during pregnancy to help ensure the health of your baby.

Gestational Diabetes Testing

The oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) is a common type of testing to screen for gestational diabetes. The results of this test help us determine whether a patient has gestational diabetes. Learn more about what to do after you receive your OGTT test results.

Gestational Diabetes Self-Management Education

Our Gestational Diabetes Self-Management Education program provides classes, support and training for pregnant women recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Call 206-860-2208 for more information or a referral.

Meet the Team

You have a dedicated team working to help provide education, support and training for gestational diabetes.

Resources

We offer resources and tools to help you manage your diabetes such as the Diabetes Alphabet. Managing your Diabetes is the best way to prevent diabetes-related health problems.

Polyclinic Services

We offer a range of specialties and services to support our patients along their entire care journey.

  • Behavioral Health
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Lipid Clinic
  • Nephrology
  • Nutrition Education
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Podiatry