Gestational Diabetes - When to Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if:
- You passed out (lost consciousness) or you suddenly become very sleepy or confused. You may have low blood sugar.
- You are sleepy, confused, or breathing very fast, or if your breath smells fruity. You may have very high blood sugar.
Call a doctor right away if:
- Your blood sugar is 300 mg/dL or higher (or it is higher than the level your doctor has set for you).
Call a doctor if you:
- Are sick and having trouble controlling your blood sugar.
- Have had vomiting or diarrhea for more than 6 hours.
- Often have problems with high or low blood sugar levels.
- Have trouble knowing when your blood sugar is low.
- Have questions or want to know more about gestational diabetes.
For information about when
to call your doctor for other pregnancy-related issues, see the topic
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose
and treat gestational diabetes include:
are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you may be referred to other health
professionals who can help you understand what gestational diabetes means.
These may include:
certified diabetes educator (CDE). A CDE is a
registered nurse, registered dietitian, doctor, pharmacist, or other health professional
who has training and experience in caring for people who have diabetes. A CDE can
help you understand how to take care of yourself and help you adjust to living
with gestational diabetes.
registered dietitian. All women who have gestational
diabetes need to see a registered dietitian for help choosing the best foods. Follow-up
visits with a dietitian are helpful if you need to change your eating