Maria, a 40 y/o G4P3 at 29 weeks present to Labor & Delivery with c/o dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting for 3 days. After interviewing Maria, you note that she has not had any prenatal care, has a h/o diabetes Her past obstetrical history includes delivery of a 4500 gram male complicated by shoulder dystocia. She weighs 312 pound. Her Bp 129/83, HR 82, RR 26 and Temp 98.8. A UA shows 3+ glucose, and negative ketones. Her accucheck is 179mg/dl.
1. What tests, if any, should be done to evaluate the Maria’s glucose tolerance? 2. How is the diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) established? 3. What would be the best treatment and follow-up strategy for Maria?
This patient has several risk factors for GDM. She is over the age of 30, has a history of GDM and is obese. All these place her at a greater risk for developing GDM. She needs to be referred to a dietician or diabetic counselor. She needs to continue prenatal care and started on insulin therapy. Maria should be followed closely for the remainder of the pregnancy. Birthing options (vaginal vs caesarean section) should be discussed with the patient. Maria should also be followed closely after delivering to assess for the development of Type II diabetes.