Gestational Diabetes Education and Management

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Gestational Diabetes Class

It is important to reach and maintain good blood sugar control throughout your pregnancy for you and your baby's health. Your physician recognizes the necessity for this education to be included in your prenatal care. This class includes:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Individualized meal plan
  • Blood glucose monitoring and ketone testing*
  • Diabetes etiology and risk factors for maternal and fetal complications
  • The importance and effects of exercise
  • Medications used for treatment

*By providing your pharmacy or durable medical equipment supplier contact information, a Diabetes Center representative will assist you with obtaining your blood glucose meter and testing supplies prior to class.  Please check with your insurance provider to determine which glucose meter is covered under your insurance plan.  Please refer to Blood Glucose Meter Options for information on durable medical equipment suppliers. 

A one week follow-up visit will be scheduled after completing the class to review your blood sugar, food diaries and answer any questions. (Follow up visit is required to evaluate effectiveness of education and is an American Diabetes Association Certification requirement.)

Diabetes and Pregnancy Management Program
A physician may choose for the Diabetes Clinicians to monitor and manage your blood sugars throughout your pregnancy. In these instances, you will attend the class as listed above, the one week visit and continue to interact with the diabetes clinician to reach target blood sugar until baby is delivered, control is obtained or released by your referring physicians.  Monthly visits with the nurse practitioner may be necessary for patients who require medication or insulin during pregnancy.

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Contact Information

Saint Thomas Midtown Diabetes Center
Craig Center for Advanced Wound Healing
2000 Murphy Ave, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37203
615-284-2800 (local phone)
1-800-400-5800 (toll free)
615-284-4285 (fax)
diabetes.center@sth.org

Saint Thomas West Center for Diabetes
4220 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
615-222-4923