Expert Diabetes Care and Counseling for Mothers-to-Be
Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions that complicate pregnancy. If you develop diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), or if you had diabetes type 1 or type 2 before becoming pregnant, you will need specific medical care to protect your health and that of your baby.
At the High Risk Pregnancy Center, we offer complete perinatology (maternal fetal medicine) care and diabetes counseling for mothers-to-be who have:
- Gestational diabetes that usually develops around the 24th week of pregnancy
- Preexisting type 1 or type 2 diabetes that is being treated and controlled
- Preexisting type 2 diabetes that is diagnosed during pregnancy
By providing both diabetes care and counseling within our practice, we are able to maintain our high standards for you while offering you a high level of convenience. The High Risk Pregnancy Center is also the first Nevada health center focused on pregnancy/preconception to have earned accreditation by the American Diabetes Association, demonstrating our commitment to this group of mothers-to-be.
Protecting you and your baby with compassion and experience.
Our diabetes counseling team includes Brandee Newsom, Allyson Ruiz, Stephanie Richmonds, Jennifer Dao and Christina Cisnero's. These compassionate, highly trained and experienced nurse practitioners work closely with our maternal-fetal medicine specialists and with other providers on your healthcare team to ensure you get the information, support and care you need.
Our diabetes counseling team—like the program itself—is dedicated to providing you with the high-quality medical information you depend on along with the personal, friendly care our patients appreciate and come to expect from each member of our team.
What to expect from the High Risk Pregnancy Center’s diabetes counseling program.
When you are pregnant and you also have diabetes, there is a lot to learn. HRPC’s nurse practitioners and counselors will help you establish ways to manage your blood sugar levels so that you and your unborn baby stay healthy. Here’s what to expect:
- You’ll meet with your diabetes counselor for approximately 1 hour at your first session. You’ll discuss your diagnosis, and you will receive education about diabetes and pregnancy risks.
- Your counselor will provide a carefully tailored eating plan and detailed information on the diet you’ll need to follow to control your blood sugar levels.
- If you are already on medication, it will be adjusted (if necessary) and carefully monitored. If you need new medications, you’ll learn exactly how to take them.
- A big part of controlling diabetes is monitoring and controlling blood sugar. You’ll be given instruction on glucose monitoring, and you will be asked to keep a log of your blood glucose levels, which we will check regularly.