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A teaching plan for pregnant diabetics
- Iyer, Patricia W.
- Diabetes educator 1980 v.6 no.1 pp. 19-21
- diabetes mellitus, education programs, health services, health education, pregnant women
- Pregnancy is an ideal time to reinforce diabetics' knowledge of their disease because they are motivated to effect behavioral changes that will protect themselves and their babies. In 4 hourly sessions they can be taught the importance of frequent blood tests and visits to health professionals. They can also review the role of diet, insulin, and exercise in controlling diabetes. Diabetics should also learn that decreasing insulin needs during the first trimester may cause hypoglycemia. They could also be taught the symptoms of urinary tract infections, the use of antibiotics in eradicating them, and how to check their urine for ketones. These women must also be prepared for the fact that their infants will require monitoring in intensive care units. Course materials should be geared to the women's reading levels.