Promoting Health Literacy: The Essential Care for Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in COVID-19 Era

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Boonsurb Sosome
Keskaew Wimonmala
Yoavadee Suwannaka
Chularat Howharn

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            During COVID-19 pandemic era, pregnant women with diabetes mellitus have been the highest vulnerable groups due to its comorbidities, increasing maternal mortality more than other pregnancy groups. Pregnant women with gestational diabetes were at risk of COVID-19 infection from frequent visiting at antenatal clinics with a long waiting period whereas antenatal care clinics need to reduce clients, and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For instance, this article provides knowledge on clinical manifestations, anatomical and psychosocial changes in pregnancy with COVID-19 infection, presents case report of gestational diabetes with COVID-19 infection, practice guidelines for the provision of health services for pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus as well as promoting telehealth care and health literacy for pregnant women with no COVID-19 infection including person under investigation, asymptomatic and mild disease for improving their self-care management.

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