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Lynne Raphael, RD, CDE, and Cathy Wielgus, RN, CDE: Q3 – Challenges of Diabetes Management in Pregnancy

Is there such a thing as “pre-gestational diabetes”? Steve Freed asks and Lynne Raphael, RD, CDE, and Cathy Wielgus, RN, CDE, explain that, ideally, women should begin managing their diabetes before conception, in order to maximize the chances of having a normal weight baby. However, many of the women who they see are already diabetic, and do not know it. Massive changes in hormone levels during pregnancy at different stages can make managing diabetes even more complicated that usual for even the women who have been managing their condition.

More videos with Lynne Raphael and Cathy Wielgus:

Lynne Raphael, MMSc, RD, LD, CDE, and Cathy Wielgus, MSN, BSN, RN, CDE, Introduction
What Does Intensive Management of Diabetes in Pregnancy Mean?
What Are the Latest Guidelines for Diabetes in Pregnancy?
How Can Dietary Habits Be Improved?
Culturally Sensitive Meal-planning for Pregnant Women
Why Is It Important to Manage GDM?
Educating Both Parents and Children

Lynne Raphael, MMSc, RD, LD, CDE, and Cathy Wielgus, MSN, BSN, RN, CDE, both of Alere Health, work closely with women with high-risk pregnancies, developing strategies to help both mother and child maintain the best possible health through pregnancy and beyond.