What is included in maternal education about gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)?

Updated: Apr 29, 2020
  • Author: Thomas R Moore, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Education is the cornerstone of effective metabolic management of the patient with diabetes during pregnancy. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers educational curricula specific to each type of diabetes encountered during pregnancy (type 1, type 2, gestational), specifically organized around each phase of pregnancy. This information can be transmitted to the patient by office staff and labor/delivery nurses. However, specially trained and certified nurses and dietitians (ie, certified diabetes educators) are the most effective in this regard.

For more information, see Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2.


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