Diabetes in Pregnancy

 

Women who are pregnant (or thinking of getting pregnant) and have diabetes are encouraged to be seen at one of our Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinics, located at each of the acute care hospitals in Calgary. 

Locations are listed at Inform Alberta - diabetes in pregnancy.

  • Foothills Medical Centre: 403-944-2122  Email: FMCDIP@ahs.ca
  • Peter Lougheed Centre: 403-943-4862  Email: PLCDIP@ahs.ca
  • Rockyview General Hospital: 403-943-3495  Email: RGHDIP@ahs.ca
  • South Health Campus: 403-956-2578  Email: SHCDIP@ahs.ca

 

Gestational Diabetes (GDM) Appointment

Please try to finish the following tasks before your scheduled phone call with the nurse or dietitian:

1. Visit www.diabetes-pregnancy.ca  and click on GDM. View the information available on the GDM web pages.

2. Go to a pharmacy and get a blood glucose meter, glucose test strips and lancets. If you are not able to go yourself, please ask a friend or family member to go for you. You may want to ask your doctor for a prescription if you have insurance coverage. The pharmacy can train you or your support person how to use the blood glucose meter.

3. Read the Diabetes Canada handout - Gestational Diabetes.

4. Read the Nutrition handout – Eating for Gestational Diabetes.

5. Start recording food and drinks you are having on the following Food Record

6. If you have a blood glucose meter, start recording your results in the Blood Glucose Record. We ask that you test your blood when you wake up in the morning and two hours after each meal. There are links to instructional videos on how to use some of the common blood glucose meters on our Videos Page. Please note that some of the meters display a color coding for what the glucose number means. The standard color code that the meter displays is not accurate for pregnancy. The nurse or dietitian you talk to by phone can tell you more about what these numbers mean.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Diabetes in Pregnancy clinic at the phone number listed above.

 

Starting Insulin

If your healthcare team has recommended that you start insulin, they will ask you to refer to the following. Do not start insulin without consulting your healthcare team.

After you have started insulin, please use this Log Book to record your blood glucose results and medications.

 

Additional Educational Resources

For even more resources, please see our Diabetes handouts & resources, and the Diabetes-Pregnancy website.

 

Starting Metformin

Please read the following handout if your diabetes team has suggested Metformin may be an option for you: Metformin for Gestational Diabetes.

 

After Gestational Diabetes

To view an audio/visual session on what to do to help prevent diabetes after having gestational diabetes, please click on the language you want below.