Gestational Diabetes - Doctor Q&A

It is common for blood sugar to rise during pregnancy because of hormonal changes. But if a pregnant mother's high blood sugar levels persist, she could develop gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), which is harmful to both mother and baby. 

If you have questions on gestational diabetes, don't miss this opportunity to ask our specialist of the month – Prof Tan Kok Hian​​, Head and Senior Consultant of the Perinatal Audit and Epidemiology Unit, Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine, at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), a member of the SingHealth group.

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Prof Tan Kok Hian, Head and Senior Consultant

Prof Tan Kok Hian is the Head and Senior Consultant of the Perinatal Audit and Epidemiology Unit, Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine, KKH. He is also the Lead for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Diabetes Centre and the Lead Principal Investigator of the NMRC-funded Integrated Platform for Research in Advancing Metabolic Health Outcomes of Women and Children.

Prof Tan initiated universal screening and the new International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups criteria in KKH and Singapore General Hospital since Jan 2016, based on a cost effectiveness study of GDM screening under the Growing up towards Healthy Outcomes study. He is also the Chairperson of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Singapore GDM Committee 2017-2018 and Chairperson, Expert Group GDM Appropriate Care Guide of the Agency for Care Effectiveness, Ministry of Health 2017-18.

Hear from Prof Tan Kok Hian

Prof Tan will be one of the speakers at the upcoming "Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby" forum, which will take place at KKH on 15 Sept 2018, 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Here are details of the forum and how to register.

Forum Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby

15 Sept 2018 (Sat)

​Time 1.30pm to 4.30pm
(Registration and lunch start at 12.30pm)
​Venue ​KKH Auditorium (Training Centre), Level 1, Women’s Tower
​Organiser ​KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
​Cost $12 per person / $15 per couple
(Inclusive of lunch and tea refreshments)
​Registration ​Pre-registration is required. Seats are confirmed upon full payment on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration fee is non-refundable.
Registration closes on 13 Sept 2018 (Thurs).
​Synopsis Discover facts and informative details to equip mums and dads-to-be for a healthy pregnancy. Conducted in English, the public forum hosted by KKH covers a range of topics from nutrition to antenatal care. Topics include:           
  • How to have a Healthy Pregnancy
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy – Sweet But Not So Sweet (by Prof Tan Kok Hian)
  • Pricks and Pokes for a Healthy Pregnancy
  • Dental Healthcare in Pregnancy
  • The Truth about Cord Blood Banking
  • Do’s and Don’ts in Pregnancy
  • Hassle-Free Eating for Two
  • Are You Ready to Deliver?

To register, please log on to to fill up the registration form.
For general enquiries about the forum, please call 6394-1067 ⁄ 6394-1062 or email to

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