Diabetes In Pregnancy Specialist

Smita Biswas, MD

OBGYN located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

Even with diabetes during pregnancy, you can still go on to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery with the right medical care and support and healthy lifestyle changes. Skilled OB/GYN Smita Biswas, MD, has extensive experience caring for pregnant women with gestational diabetes and helping control and manage blood sugar levels at her two practice locations in Midtown East, New York City, and Flushing, Queens, New York. Make an appointment online or call the office nearest you today.

Diabetes In Pregnancy Q & A

What is diabetes in pregnancy?

Diabetes that develops or occurs during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes also affects the way your cells utilize sugar. Gestational diabetes results in high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and the health of your baby.

If you have gestational diabetes, your baby might have an increased risk of:

  • Excessive birth weight
  • Early or preterm birth
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes later in life

Pregnant women with gestational diabetes can have a safe and healthy pregnancy with the right healthy lifestyle changes and medical care and support.

With gestational diabetes, blood sugar typically returns to normal soon after delivery.

What are the symptoms of diabetes in pregnancy?

Most women with gestational diabetes don’t have any noticeable signs or symptoms. You might experience:

  • Fatigue
  • More frequent urination
  • More frequent hunger and thirst

If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, Dr. Biswas can evaluate your risk of gestational diabetes.

What causes diabetes in pregnancy?

It isn’t clear what causes gestational diabetes, but the placenta during pregnancy that connects your baby to your blood supply produces high levels of various other hormones. Almost all of these hormones can impair the action of insulin in your cells and raise your blood sugar. Modest elevation of blood sugar following meals is normal during pregnancy.

With gestational diabetes, the placental hormones prompt a rise in blood sugar to a level that can affect the welfare and growth of your baby.

If you’re obese or overweight or if you have a family or personal health history of diabetes and gestational diabetes or prediabetes, you have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes.

How is diabetes during pregnancy managed?

As well as professionally monitoring your blood sugar, Dr. Biswas might also ask you to monitor your own blood sugar daily.

You might even need to check your blood sugar four or five times a day and especially first thing in the morning and following meals, to ensure your levels remain in a healthy range. Dr. Biswas can show you how to test your blood sugar and educate you on how to live a healthier lifestyle and consume a nutrient-dense diet and manage your stress.

When diet and exercise aren’t enough, you might need insulin injections to lower your blood sugar.

Dr. Biswas works with high-risk specialists to help manage your gestational diabetes. She focuses on changing your nutritional habits and adding exercise to help control your diabetes in pregnancy without the addition of medication.

Learn more about gestational diabetes and call Smita Biswas, MD, or schedule online today.