Pregnancy and Diabetes

Pregnancy_And_Diabetes-2For a woman living with diabetes being pregnant or trying to conceive doesn’t have to be stressful, but it is important for both the health of mother and baby that pregnancy is handled with caution. Women with diabetes can have just as normal of a pregnancy as a woman without diabetes with proper monitoring and care.
The first twelve weeks are the most crucial for the baby’s development. It is imperative that during this time and the time preceding conception, the mother maintains her glucose levels and A1C as close to normal as possible. Planning a pregnancy is always helpful to ensure that a woman has all the required nutrients needed for the baby to properly develop during those first months.

By seven weeks after a woman’s first missed period, the baby’s organs are already developed and most women don’t even know they are pregnant at this time. Because of this, it is very important for women who have diabetes are considering starting a family to plan ahead. For women with diabetes who are not quite ready for children, investing in an appropriate form of birth control will help avoid any unnecessary risks of having an unplanned pregnancy.
To assist in managing diabetes during pregnancy, the mother should have a diabetes treatment plan in places that includes balancing a meal plan, exercise, and insulin to ensure that glucose and A1C levels stay in a healthy range. Blood glucose levels should be checked often along with an up to date log with recorded data to keep on hand for doctor’s appointments. By maintaining healthy glucose levels, a woman with diabetes has a good chance of having a complication-free pregnancy.
After a
few months of pregnancy, doctors will want to develop a delivery plan that best suits the needs of the mother and child. Factors such as glucose control, blood pressure, kidney function, and any pregnancy complications will be evaluated to determine the best course of action when delivering. The size of the baby, heart-rate pattern, and amniotic fluid levels will also be considered.
During labor doctors will keep a close eye on glucose levels to ensure that they stay in an acceptable range to avoid any complications. Insulin needs will drop during active labor and the mother may not need any insulin for up to 72 hours following delivery. Glucose levels will be checked often and the medical team will establish a plan to help glucose levels go back to their normal range. Since women with diabetes need special care and monitoring during delivery, it is advised that they refrain from home deliveries.
With proper monitoring and care, women with diabetes can have very healthy pregnancies. As with any pregnancy, it is a good idea to be proactive in educating one’s self on what to expect during pregnancy and to have a course of action in place prior to becoming pregnant. Speaking with a doctor prior to pregnancy can also ease any concerns that may come up and help provide a stress-free pregnancy. They can answer any questions and recommend what is best for the individual. Do not hesitate to ask questions about topics such as diet, exercise,
cord blood banking, pain management medicine, or even circumcision.

A woman with diabetes can be as healthy as a woman without. She just needs to remember to be in constant contact with her health care provider. Doing what the doctor says will ensure a smooth transition between pregnancy and post-partum. It is such an exciting time as you prepare for your baby to be born!

“This is a guest post written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the Mom-o-sphere of the blogging world. Just after becoming a Mom herself, Katie took to blogging to share her knowledge and passion for motherhood, pregnancy, children, fitness and overall health. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing and researching, and connecting with others! If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog “Moore From Katie,” or her twitter @moorekm26."

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