Vanderbilt Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes Program

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common complications in pregnancy. It can occur in around 7-10% of pregnancies.

For information about the cause of gestational diabetes, maternal complications, fetal complications and Treatment see our Health Topic listing for Gestational Diabetes.

You can also learn more about diabetes and pregnancy from the Endocrine Society.


Gestational diabetes clinic at Vanderbilt

ADA recognition: The Vanderbilt Diabetes Center Gestational Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the highest standards of care.

Gestational Diabetes Team
Shubhada Jagasia, M.D.

Patricia Patterson, RN, CDE

Jennifer Garland, M.P.H., RD, CDE

What to expect
New patients can expect detailed GDM education at the first visit. You’ll meet with a doctor, dietitian and diabetes educator to learn about treatment, diet and diabetes care.

  • You’ll learn how to test your blood glucose, record the results and send them back to us regularly.
  • You can expect diet advice tailored to your needs. Our dietitian will work with you to make a healthy eating plan that fits your lifestyle and help you reach your blood glucose goals.
  • We will work with your obstetrician to care for you and monitor your health. After delivery, you will be tested to see if you’ve become diabetic.

GDM Instruction Handout (Word Document)
Managing Gestational Diabetes - A Patient's guide to a healthy pregnancy (PDF)

Follow-up during pregnancy

Follow-up is usually scheduled a week after the first visit to check on glucose control. More visits may be scheduled depending on your needs.

Postpartum follow-up
Follow-up is about 2 months after delivery. At this visit, we test to make sure your blood glucose is back to normal. You should not eat or drink anything but water for 8-10 hours before this visit, which can take 2-3 hours. You can expect advice on how to manage your health for a healthy life after pregnancy.

Staying in touch
Regular contact is a key part of treating GDM. You can be in touch with us through My Health at Vanderbilt, our convenient online patient tool, or by phone at 615-343-8332 and fax at 615-343-8346.

You can fax blood sugars using this form: Blood Glucose Log

Schedule an appointment: To make an appointment, please call (615) 343-VEDC [343-8332].

Contact us:  Call 615-343-8332 (VEDC) anytime. The contact person for the gestational diabetes program is Tiffany Smallen, Administrative Assistant.

Dr. Shubhada Jagasia
Diabetes during Pregnancy - Raising Awareness

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Appointments: (615) 343-8332
Admin. contact: Tiffany Smallen

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