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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Advisor

Dr. Joyce Nicholas

Abstract

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common complications affecting pregnant women today. Being diagnosed with GDM can have serious consequences on both mother and baby, and can have lifelong impact on both. Unfortunately, the prevalence of GDM continues to rise as the obesity epidemic becomes more-and-more of an issues. Providers treating pregnant women diagnosed with GDM are caring for mother and baby and must be aware of the conditions effects on both. This article reviews current recommendations for diagnosing and treating GDM, and focuses on providing a guide for healthcare providers on appropriate counseling and education when a woman is first diagnosed with GDM.

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