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Department of

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Diabetes & Pregnancy Program

About the Program

The UC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's Diabetes and Pregnancy Program is a multidisciplinary family centered inpatient and outpatient program for pregnant women with diabetes. We provide care for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and we also assist patients with pre-existing diabetes (type 1 and type 2) who require more intensive management. Our program is recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Our team of physicians, nurses, dietitians and social workers assist pregnant women diagnosed with diabetes how to manage their diabetes effectively.

Our caring and experienced staff will help patients learn how to control diabetes during pregnancy.

The program provides the following:

  • Comprehensive prenatal care
  • Pre-pregnancy counseling
  • How to eat healthy
  • How to become and stay physically active
  • How to reduce your risks
  • Help with your medication schedule
  • Help with blood sugar control
  • Help with stress management and counseling about social issues

You may be at risk for developing gestational diabetes if you:

  • Have a past history of gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Are older than 25 years of age
  • Are overweight
  • Are physically inactive
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Are African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander

You may be able to protect yourself from certain lifestyle risk exposures while you are pregnant. Recognition, prevention and motivation are your goals.

Patient and family members in our program will:

  • Learn the principles of controlling blood sugar values at home;
  • Learn to eat healthy meals and snacks, count carbohydrates, read food labels and control portions;
  • Learn how many times to check blood sugars each day and when to call a member of your healthcare team;
  • Learn how to exercise safely every day and do something you enjoy;
  • Learn how to manage stress;
  • Learn about diabetes medicine if needed;
  • Learn what signs and symptoms to report to the healthcare team;
  • Get help to stop smoking

We routinely refer patients to an advanced practice nurse, registered nurse diabetes educator and registered dietitian who can provide additional in-depth diabetes and pregnancy education, nutritional counseling and ongoing support. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that pregnant women with diabetes maintain a healthy pregnancy that results in the delivery of a healthy infant

Diabetes may control your life, or you can control your diabetes. Along with your family members, make a choice to become the most important member of the healthcare team to control your diabetes and lower risks to you and your unborn child.

Let us help you prevent many maternal and newborn risks and complications.

CARE/Crawley Building

More Information

For more information on the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, please contact us at:

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
Mail Location 0526
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0526

Key Contact:
Linda Oakes
Executive Secretary