Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes. According to a 2014 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of gestational diabetes is as high as 9.2%.
Gestational Diabetes can occur when the hormones from the placenta block the action of the mother’s insulin in her body. This is called Insulin Resistance, which in turn leads to high Glucose levels in the body.
Untreated or poorly controlled gestational diabetes can have serious consequences on your baby. Baby’s organs start forming during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. High blood glucose levels can be harmful during this early stage and can increase the chance that your baby will have birth defects, such as heart defects or defects of the brain or spine. High blood glucose levels during pregnancy can also increase the chances of premature delivery, weigh too much, or have breathing problems or low blood glucose right after birth.
Poorly managed GDM can also increase the chance that you will have a miscarriage or a stillborn baby.
Gestational Diabetes can be treated with focus on GDM Diet and lifestyle modifications. Medication in the form of tablets or external insulin might be required in some cases.
Most women are able to manage their blood sugar level through control on Diet and regular exercises.
Our one if its kind program helps pregnant woman with Gestational Diabetes manage and control glucose levels with constant monitoring from our Diet and lifestyle experts.
We take GDM management very seriously, acting as a support to the treating doctors to manage the lifestyle/Dietary aspect and ensuring overall compliance on glucose monitoring.
Through our Bluetooth connected meter, the One Touch Verio Flex by Johnson and Johnson, our health coaches and nutritionists can see your glucose readings remotely, enabling them to give you very targeted feedback on Diet and exercise. For Ex: If your GDM nutritionist sees that your post lunch glucose readings are high, she would make adjustments in your Diet for lunch till the readings go back to normal range.
Our Track record: We have till date managed more than 100 GDM cases with success rate of 99%. We take a lot of pride in how we have created an impact in this segment, having set up a great team which is highly trained to work with GDMs.
Once you book for our GDM program, we would ship a GDM box to your house to get you started. The program will involve below elements:
Every user is assigned a Personal Health Coach who guides the user on phone for a range of lifestyle issues such as weight management, stress, FAQs (around GDM) etc. They also touch base with the treating doctors (if that information is available) whenever required.
GDM management has a very strong nutrition angle and users generally have a lot of questions on each element of Diet. Our Dietitians create a customized GDM specific Diet plan for everyone and subsequently regular follow ups happen on the same. The intervention happens on phone and messages.
We give One Touch Verio Flex Meter which is Bluetooth connected, enabling the user and her counsellors to see all the glucose readings anytime anywhere (through app). This is very critical to ensure monitoring is happening + pin pointed inputs on Diet can be provided.
Mother & Baby Care
“Portea’s Diabetes Management Program is very helpful and gives you great advice. Highly recommend for anyone suffering from diabetes”
Counsellor Mary Fathima’s explanation is excellent and the information shared is very useful, as most people do not know the test procedure (i.e. test timings and the difference) of the FBS, PPBS and RBS tests even though they are literate. I was also doing my FBS test at incorrect timings and didn’t know the difference between PPBS and RBS.” The inputs shared were very useful in helping me manage by diabetes better.
“I am really grateful to my Health Coach. She ensured all my questions were answered and played a crucial role in my smooth delivery”