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HMAA helps mom and baby stay healthy with Teach Me Diabetes Program

Helping moms reduce their risk of Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy

Sponsored by HMAA

During pregnancy, it’s important to make sure both mom and baby stay healthy. Conditions like gestational diabetes occur in about 2-10 percent of women and can present during pregnancy without prior history of diabetes. To help expectant moms who acquire this, Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA) is highlighting a program at Times Pharmacy that can provide more information.

Times Pharmacy is offering its Teach Me Diabetes Program, which covers seven healthy important topics, such as healthy eating, physical activity, and reducing risks with diabetes. The program occurs once a week for five weeks for about 1-2 hours per class session. The classes are using GoToMeeting as a telehealth platform to safely offer education during this time.

Some insulin resistance can occur in all pregnant women during late pregnancy, while some women may be insulin resistant before they become pregnant. These women begin pregnancy with a higher likelihood of developing gestational diabetes and a greater need for insulin.

There are no guarantees in preventing gestational diabetes, but there are ways women can reduce their risk. Eating healthy foods, exercising, starting pregnancy at a healthy weight, and not gaining more weight than recommended are some of the ways you may be able to prevent gestational diabetes.

When you have diabetes, your body can’t use the carbohydrates (starches and sugars) that you intake, and because of this, your body accumulates extra sugars in your blood.

Blood sugar that is not controlled can cause your baby to grow larger and weigh about nine pounds, which can lead to problems with the delivery of your baby. Babies may have fluctuating blood sugar, which the doctor will monitor for low blood sugar and treat if needed. Having uncontrolled gestational diabetes can cause your child to have an increased risk of obesity and developing type 2 diabetes.

If you do find that you are at high risk for gestational diabetes there are programs like HMAA’s Baby & Me Program that are in place to help guide you through these potential complications.

You can contact Times Pharmacy for more information on this program by calling (808) 832-8265 or email

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