Dr. Ayesha Cheema is a primary care doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians at Columbia. She offers experienced and thoughtful primary care for adults of Howard County.
Mercy's team of top surgeons are known for their expertise in correcting ankle deformities caused by unsuccessful ankle fracture treatments.
The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center at Mercy is a leading neurosurgical center offering state-of-the-art technologies and clinical expertise to provide advanced treatment options.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Gestational diabetes can occur during pregnancy when the blood sugar level is higher than normal.
The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy in Baltimore specializes in treating all types of diabetes, including gestational diabetes, Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Our endocrincologists, along with an expert team of diabetes nurse educators and nutritionists, work closely with Mercy's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to provide resources and diabetes education for expectant mothers who develop gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes occurs specifically during pregnancy, though not all pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. Like Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar levels. Having high blood sugar during pregnancy can affect both the mother’s and baby’s health. Typically, gestational diabetes disappears after the baby is born; however, women who develop gestational diabetes are at a high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Risk factors for developing gestational diabetes include:
Typically, expectant mothers do not experience any signs of gestational diabetes but if symptoms of gestational diabetes do occur, they can include:
Testing for gestational diabetes is a part of regular prenatal care. An oral glucose tolerance test is conducted between weeks 24 and 28 to detect if there is a possibility of gestational diabetes. For high-risk mothers, this gestational diabetes test is performed earlier in the pregnancy.
Treatment options for gestational diabetes include managing blood sugar through diet and exercise. If necessary, medication or insulin may be prescribed. The diabetes specialists and diabetes nurse educators at The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy have a Gestational Diabetes Program to help expectant mothers keep their blood sugar levels within a normal range. Mercy’s diabetes educators teach expectant mothers how to test their blood sugar at home.
The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by some of the Mid-Atlantic’s top rated endocrinologists focusing on endocrine conditions, including osteoporosis, bone density, Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes, high blood glucose, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and neuroendocrine tumors. Our experts offer advanced treatment options, such as DEXA scanning, continuous glucose monitoring, nuclear isotope therapy, thyroid fine-needle aspiration and ultrasound guided biopsies.
Dr. Asif Mohamed specializes in osteoporosis, thyroid disorders and cancer, pituitary disorders, diabetes diagnosis, and diabetes management.
A team of Mercy doctors and an indomitable spirit keep a Baltimore woman going through a series of health issues.