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What is gestational diabetes

Obgyn in Katy Tx Area

Gestational diabetes is a condition causing high blood sugar (diabetes), which begins during pregnancy. It affects approximately four percent of all pregnant women, causing potentially serious complications if not managed. Your OB/GYN can detect this condition during routine screenings, and help you manage it for a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy baby. This is one of many reasons to schedule an appointment as soon as you think you might be pregnant.

Causes

Hormonal changes naturally occurring in pregnancy inhibit the action of insulin. This is normal, preventing the mother’s blood sugar levels from dropping as nutrients are diverted to the developing fetus. As the pregnancy progresses and these hormones increase, glucose levels raise. In response, the mother’s pancreas produces more insulin, keeping a delicate, healthy balance. However, sometimes the mother’s pancreas is unable to produce the levels of insulin needed to counteract increasing hormones. When this happens, blood sugar levels continue rising, and gestational diabetes develops.

Diagnosis

Every pregnant woman should be tested for gestational diabetes by the 28th week of pregnancy, if not sooner. High-risk patients are often tested earlier, and more often. Dr. Taryll Jenkins, your OB/GYN in Katy, TX, will examine your current condition, medical records, and risk factors to determine when you should be tested. Common risk factors include:

  • Impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetic)
  • Family medical history including diabetes
  • Previous gestational diabetes
  • Having given birth to a baby over nine pounds, or a stillborn baby in the past
  • Obesity

Treatment

One of the most important steps in managing any form of diabetes is a healthy diet. Dr. Jenkins will explain what foods are healthy right now, what should be avoided, and how to make wise choices. He will also help you learn the balance between too much strain, and too little exercise.

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In many cases, these careful lifestyle alterations can keep the condition under control. Regular monitoring of blood sugar and urine ketones will alert you, and the doctor, if the condition worsens. If this happens, you may need to take insulin.

Dr. Jenkins will be there with you, every step of the way. Whether you have a complication-free pregnancy, develop gestational diabetes, or any other condition, he will provide the highest level of medical care, expert advice, and genuine compassion.

If you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, you need a caregiver who actually cares. Call Dr. Jenkins at 855 346 8610 today.

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Board Certified American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Katy, TX Dr. Falae, Board Certified American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Katy, TX Dr. Stephanie Roy, M.D.

We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.

Dr. Adebola I. Falae, MD, FACOG received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, and medical degree from University of Rochester Medical School, NY. She completed her residency training at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. Women’s healthcare is her primary concern.

Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading professional who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.

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Dr. Jenkins is by far the best doctor I've ever had. He delivered baby 5 and guided me through 2 pregnancies and I have never had a more personable, caring doctor. He truly listens and that is a hard quality to find in a doctor. I definitely recommend him!

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