Diabetes and Pregnancy Program
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or if you’ve been recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes, our team of specialists wants you to have a healthy pregnancy and to optimize the outcomes for both you and your baby. Reach us at 619-543-5963 or see Appointments and Referrals.
Women with diabetes need comprehensive, specialized care before and during pregnancy. UC San Diego Health System’s Diabetes and Pregnancy Program offers:
- Preconception counseling when you’re considering pregnancy, to optimize your blood sugar control and decrease chances of complications
- Complete and personalized prenatal care throughout your pregnancy, with perinatologists who specialize in treating women with diabetes (meet our team)
- Medication management, including insulin pumps
- Frequent ultrasounds, and nonstress testing at end of pregnancy
- Diabetes nurse educators who will teach you about diabetes, how to monitor your blood sugar, and how to administer insulin (if necessary)
- Nutrition, diet, and physical activity support, including help planning menus that are acceptable for your family
- Social workers and maternal health specialists to assist you with personal, family, or financial needs
- Surveillance for complications such as hypertension and preeclampsia, and prompt intervention and coordinated care if complications do exist
- Delivery planning, and on-site Level III NICU for peace of mind at delivery
- Referrals to our Maternal Weight and Wellness team for weight-gain management
About Pregnancy and Diabetes
Approximately one in five women delivering babies in San Diego County begin their pregnancies with diabetes, and others develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. These women are at risk for complications during pregnancy and after delivery, including high blood pressure, eye disease, kidney disease, too much weight gain, severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Their babies are also at increased risk for complications, including macrosomia (high birth weight), higher rates of miscarriage and stillbirth, birth defects, delivery complications, and jaundice.
Working with a specialist to manage your blood sugar before and during pregnancy can decrease the risk of complications, and make it more likely to carry your baby to term.
Why Choose the Diabetes and Pregnancy Program at UC San Diego?
UC San Diego’s Diabetes and Pregnancy Program is the one place in San Diego for comprehensive, compassionate obstetric care for women who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Our team of dedicated clinical specialists, including Dr. Thomas Moore and Dr. Sandy Ramos, are experts in the field. Working with a team who understands your challenges — and can provide customized care and support — results in healthier outcomes for mothers and babies.