NICHD INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTER
PO Box 3006
Rockville, MD 20847
TTY: (888) 320-6942
Fax: (866) 760-5947
The NICHD Information Resource Center, part of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has two especially useful publications on gestational diabetes. One, “Am I at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?” (www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs_details.cfm?from=&pubs_id=113) is a short brochure that explains the condition and its risk factors. The other, “Managing Gestational Diabetes: A Patient’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy” (www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs_details.cfm?from=&pubs_id=297) is a 48-page booklet aimed at women already diagnosed with gestational diabetes; it outlines a general treatment plan that can be customized and implemented by a woman together with her health-care team. Both publications can be ordered in paper form by contacting the NICHD Resource Center.
JDRF: DIABETES (TYPES 1 & 2) AND PREGNANCY
This Web page is an overview of considerations and risks for women with diabetes who are or may become pregnant. Topics covered include prepregnancy health, insulin requirements, and other changes in medical care during and after pregnancy.
PREGNANCY WITH DIABETES: A DOABLE CHALLENGE
This article on DiabetesSelfManagement.com describes the challenges and decisions that women with diabetes face as they consider pregnancy. The author combines an account of her own pregnancy with general information on the topic.
ACOG: DIABETES AND PREGNANCY
This page from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists describes how Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes can affect pregnancy. It outlines precautions that can be taken at each step from before getting pregnant to after childbirth.
MANAGING PREEXISTING DIABETES DURING PREGNANCY
This page on the March of Dimes Web site features a checklist of considerations for women with diabetes who are planning to get pregnant. It also offers tips for during and after pregnancy to ensure the health of both mother and baby.
ABOUT.COM: PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH
This branch of About.com has articles, lists, diagrams, and videos on numerous pregnancy-related topics. Its section on pregnancy complications has some information and tips on preexisting and gestational diabetes.
KIDSHEALTH: PREGNANCY & NEWBORNS
This section of the KidsHealth Web site has brief articles on a wide variety of topics, from the strictly medical to relationship and parenting concerns. It includes short articles on gestational diabetes and high-risk pregnancies (under “Pregnancy & Childbirth”).