Gestational Diabetes affects approximately 14% of pregnant women in Australia but many women are still uninformed about it. In today’s episode I’m talking to accredited, practicing dietician Robyn Compton all about it.
Robyn practices at the Royal Woman’s Hospital in Melbourne and works mainly helping women to manage Gestational Diabetes and its risk factors. Robyn enjoys assisting women understand how diet and exercise affect their health. She really believes that knowledge is power and wants to give women the power to have healthy, happy pregnancies and lives.
We discuss exactly what gestational diabetes is, and who is at risk to develop it. I ask Robyn what management looks like and what role diet and exercise play in monitoring blood glucose level. We look at what the risks are to both mum and bub, and Robyn tells me what she says to women just diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
What do you know about gestational diabetes? Do you know why Australia screens every woman during pregnancy? Like a lot of women, the first time you might have heard about gestational diabetes is when you were tested for it yourself. Who can forget that sickly sweet glucose drink and hours of waiting for blood test results?
In this episode, I’m joined by Dr Tom Cade, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in full time private practice at Epworth Freemasons and St Vincent’s Private Hospitals in Melbourne. Dr Tom completed his research doctorate thesis on the modern management and implications of gestational diabetes, for which he won the Melbourne University prize for the most clinically impactful thesis in 2017.
Dr Tom joins me today to shed some light on gestational diabetes, what it is and some of the misconceptions...