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Diabetes During Pregnancy

Is gestational diabetes a concern in your pregnancy? Call MetroHealth's maternal-fetal medicine team at 216-778-4444. 

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. The endocrine changes caused by pregnancy can cause elevations in an expectant mother’s blood sugar. Sometimes her body can't process the excess sugar.

Gestational diabetes impacts 2 to 10 percent of expectant mothers. Untreated gestational diabetes can lead to problems during pregnancy, during delivery and beyond. Babies can be larger than expected. Moms can be at a higher risk for cesarean delivery and preterm birth, and both have an increased risk of developing diabetes in the future.

Members of the maternal-fetal medicine team are dedicated to caring for the women and families in our community. We tailor your care to meet your individual needs and will take the time to get to know you. We'll help you understand your diagnosis and what it means for your pregnancy.

Treatment Options

Our maternal-fetal medicine providers can help you in two ways:

  • Transfer your care to our team, or
  • Visit us in addition to your regular doctor for special help in managing your blood sugar.

No matter how we work together, you'll see the same group of doctors at each visit.

Comprehensive care includes the following:

  • Our nurses help with the essentials of blood-sugar management. They help you monitor your glucose and administer insulin.
  • A nutritionist will meet with you to develop a personalized dietary plan based on your lifestyle and needs.
  • The Fetal Diagnostic Center, located in our nearby Medical Center, helps us assess the health of your baby through ultrasounds, antenatal testing, non-stress tests and more.
  • Weekly half-day clinic devoted to gestational diabetes care. It's a convenient and empowering session for expectant mothers. 

Additional Resources 

Our Doctors/Medical Providers

Brian M. Mercer, MD

Brian M. Mercer, MD

Maternal/Fetal Medicine

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