[Diabetes mellitus in pregnancy--a mental strain?]

Gynakol Geburtshilfliche Rundsch. 2009;49(4):244-8. doi: 10.1159/000301079. Epub 2010 May 19.
[Article in German]


The treatment of pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an increasingly important field in obstetrical clinical practice. In recent years, the impact of GDM has been examined in terms of its psychological and medical treatment consequences. In this paper, we present a review of studies of the psychological outcomes of GDM and pre-existent diabetes. In addition, we describe the influence of GDM on health behaviour. Pre-existent diabetes is associated with decreases in well-being and should be recognized and treated by health care providers. Medical and psychological treatment should be offered in a specialized outpatient setting. In addition, diet and exercise counselling is recommended to give women the best control and responsibility for their health and that of their newborn.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / psychology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / therapy
  • Diabetes, Gestational / psychology*
  • Diet, Diabetic
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Patient Care Team
  • Pregnancy
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Social Adjustment
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy