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Diabetes and Pregnancy

Looking for help in managing diabetes and pregnancy?

Get in touch with a program navigator to assist you.

Call one of our friendly program navigators at 239-424-3127 (Fort Myers/Cape Coral) or 239-468-0051 (Estero/Bonita Springs).

Diabetes and Pregnancy Program

If you have diabetes and become pregnant or are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, our diabetes education team is ready to provide you with the tools needed to control your blood sugar levels throughout your pregnancy. Good blood sugar control is essential for the health of you and your unborn baby. After the initial two-hour class, you will follow up with your educator, who will guide you in managing your diabetes during the pregnancy.

Diabetes and pregnancy education is a covered benefit of most insurance plans. There are also assistance programs available (if approved).

Program Topics

Meal Planning

Learn to identify the different food groups and how they affect blood sugar control. Receive a specific meal plan and resources.

Blood Sugar Monitoring

Instruction on meter usage, target blood sugars, testing schedules, and how to maintain target blood sugars.

Exercise

Discuss the connection between blood sugar control and exercise. Review of safety and exercise during pregnancy.

Prevention of Complications

Learn the risks for you and your baby with pregnancy and diabetes. Instruction on prevention of risks/complications.

Treatment Modalities

Learn the recommended lifestyle and medication (if needed) treatments for diabetes and pregnancy.

Check and doublecheck your ingredients

It’s a startling trend that pediatricians say is concerning. “Over the past ten years from 2002 to 2012, the rate of diabetes type two in kids has gone up 4.8 percent each year,” said Dr. Thomas Schiller, a pediatrician with Lee Health. But the countless diagnosis became even more alarming when he realized the cause. “It has now been absolutely identified what the culprit is in our diet and it comes down to something we don’t want to hear, that we all know and love, it’s sugar,” he said. The American Heart Association recommends children should only have up to three teaspoons of sugar per day. To accomplish that, doctors recommend limiting things like sweets, juice, soda, chocolate milk, even fruit. “About 30 percent of our sugar consumption is coming from liquids that we drink, so we want to take out those sweet liquids that are caloric. So, unfortunately, that means juice,” said Dr. Schiller. For young children, it’s also important to read the labels on formula. “The front line ones are going to be lactose-based, that’s what you want. All the second line formulas are corn syrup based, and our kids are getting overweight,” said Dr. Schiller. Before you buy a snack for your child, be sure to check the ingredients. “80 percent of the packaged items in the store are full of sugar. It’s scary,” he said. Sticking to whole foods and vegetables, and limiting sugar can keep children healthy and prevent type two diabetes.