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Preparing for Pregnancy

Grace's Story

"DForesee® Joy helped me go through my pregnancy."
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I was 35 when I prepared for my first pregnancy; I knew the process could be challenging. I had been informed that advanced maternal age brings higher risks of complications during the pregnancy and was worried about adding gestational diabetes to the mix. I consulted my obstetrician and asked if there were any preventative measures I could take to alleviate the risk. She suggested I take DForesee® Joy, a test suited to older pregnant women that could predict the risk of developing gestational diabetes and ordered one for me. 


The results indicated that I was at high risk of developing gestational diabetes. I was pregnant shortly after and my obstetrician commissioned an early oral glucose tolerance test to follow-up, which showed that my readings were at the borderline of the lower limit. I was thus instructed to measure my blood sugar regularly and life was fine despite the changes I had to make to manage my condition. I gave birth to a beautiful boy. I am really thankful that my condition was detected early so that I could receive the care and monitoring I needed – it was all possible thanks to DForesee® Joy and its accurate predictive insights. 

Did you know the implications of GDM? 

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For babies:

  • Excessive birth weight - may call for the likelihood of cesarean delivery or induced labour

  • Premature birth

  • Low blood sugar and episodes of hypoglycemia after birth – may cause seizures

  • Increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity  later in life

  • Stillbirth though rare

For mothers:

  • Daily blood glucose testing and/or treatment with insulin injections

  • Increased risk of high blood pressure and preeclampsia– women with GDM are 7 times  more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

  • Increased risk of having GDM in future pregnancies

  • Increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes

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This story is inspired by our users' experiences and feedbacks and is presented here as illustration. Since each patient is unique, our services should not be seen in any way as guaranteeing outcomes.

DForesee® Joy

It’s better to be prepared

Pregnancy and motherhood can be the greatest joy in life! But worries are inevitable. Getting to know your risk of developing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is easy with DForesee® Joy, our gestational diabetes test.

Developed to ‘keep you in the know’ with your saliva sample and personal health information, DForesee® Joy helps take care of your health before pregnancy, during early pregnancy and postnatal, something conventional blood sugar tests won’t reveal.

The results shall indicate: 

  • Safety first for you and your baby - precautions and a workable healthcare plan to follow prior to pregnancy to help reduce the risk of developing Gestational Diabetes

  • Whether early oral glucose tolerance test might be necessary – to help inform early diagnosis and treatment of Gestational Diabetes

  • Personalized pregnancy weight gain suggestion in accordance with the guidelines developed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences

  • Individualized postpartum weight control and blood sugar level recommendations with respect to your risk of having postnatal abnormal blood glucose - to get back in shape as well as to lower the risk of getting diabetes after giving birth

Target Groups

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Planning for Pregnancy

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​1st Trimester of Pregnancy

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No Previous History of GDM

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Advanced Maternal Age

What Happens Next?

Your health is the number one priority at GemVCare. Curious about your future risk of having diabetes? Even if you come to us for test prior to getting pregnant, once you become pregnant, just update us your GDM status along with your blood pressure and we’ll keep you informed of your risk of developing type 2 diabetes 7 years from childbirth as well as the need for further genetic testing.

Please click here to understand more about how it works! 

References:

1. United Kingdom National Health Service. (2019, August 6). Overview gestational diabetes. Health A-Z. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gestational-diabetes

2. Bellamy L, Casas JP, Hingorani AD, Williams D. Type 2 diabetes mellitus after gestational diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis._Lancet. 2009;373(9677):1773-9.