According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 10% of pregnant women suffer from gestational diabetes, but the exact figure remains unknown and may actually be much higher. Comprehensive obstetric care is especially important for women at high risk for gestational and preconception diabetes. Dr. Robert Naef, an obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Jackson, MS, offers gestational diabetes treatment for high-risk pregnancies.
Obstetric Care in Jackson, MS
Gestational diabetes typically develops in pregnant women that did not have diabetes before becoming pregnant. Expectant mothers with gestational diabetes require extra prenatal care and monitoring to keep both their own and the fetal blood sugar levels stable throughout the pregnancy and after the birth. Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine offers treatment for high-risk pregnancies, which are defined by a number of factors:
- Age (typically over age 35, depending on the patient)
- Secondary or underlying medical conditions
- Complications with previous pregnancies
- Being pregnant with multiples (twins or triplets)
- Lifestyle factors like smoking or substance abuse
Risk Factors for Gestational and Preconception Diabetes
Gestational diabetes can generally affect anyone, but there are a few risk factors that can increase the likelihood. Some of the most common known risk factors include:
- Family or personal history of type 2 diabetes prior to pregnancy
- Being overweight or obese
- Race/ethnicity (women of black, Hispanic and Asian backgrounds tend to experience gestational diabetes at higher rates)
Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising are recommended to help lower the risk of developing or to manage preconception diabetes. High risk pregnancies are generally screened for gestational diabetes in the second trimester, but your doctor may recommend screening sooner depending on your circumstances. Treatment typically involves lifestyle modifications and monitoring, and medication in some cases.
Find an Obstetrician in Jackson, MS
For more information about diagnostic and treatment options for high risk gestational and preconception diabetes, contact Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine by calling (601) 360-5651 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Naef today.