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. Go to a pharmacy and get a blood sugar (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, midwife or prescribing pharmacist for a prescription if you have insurance coverage. Click here for a letter that explains why you require a prescription. The pharmacy can train you or your support person how to use the blood glucose meter.

2. Read the Diabetes Canada handout - Gestational Diabetes.

3. Read the nutrition handout – Eating for Gestational Diabetes and watch this quick 5 minute video on healthy eating and activity. 

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

5. 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.

6. Optional activities:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call your 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.

More detailed Diabetes Canada video (optional)

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

 

Punjabi Education Videos

The following videos are designed to complement education provided though a Punjabi interpreter or a Punjabi speaking diabetes educator.

Arabic Education Videos

The following videos are designed to complement education provided through an Arabic interpreter or Arabic speaking health care provider.

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.

 

Research Studies at Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinics

  • Active Patient GDM Study: Are you interested in being part of a national research project and currently have GDM? If so, the 'Active Patient GDM' study would love to hear from you. Please contact the study coordinator, Darlene Sola at (403) 614-9431 or dsola@ucalgary.ca
    This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB18-1767)
     
  • PREVENT Focus Group Study: We are looking for women with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) or gestational diabetes (GDM) who are being followed in a diabetes in pregnancy clinic to join your choice of a one-on-one telephone interview or focus group video conference interview. In the PREVENT Focus Group Study we would like to ask your opinion on how we can develop educational tools for parents about infant and toddler healthy lifestyles. This study involves a brief baseline questionnaire (5 minutes) and an individual telephone or group video conference interview (1 hour). To give consent for a researcher to contact you about this study, click here to fill in a form with your contact information or contact Mitchell Rath at 403-955-7758 or Mitchell.Rath@AHS.ca
    This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB19-0250).

Pregnancy and Postpartum Resources