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What can I do to prepare for pregnancy if I am diabetic?

What can I do to prepare for pregnancy if I am diabetic?

Control your glucose: It is very important to get your glucose levels in control before pregnancy as high blood sugar levels in very early pregnancy are associated with some birth defects. Please see this handout for more information: http://www.Otispregnancy.Org/files/diabetes.Pdf. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can diabetes affect pregnancy?

Can diabetes affect pregnancy?

Certainly: In women with gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes, the sugar in your blood directly affects the size of your baby. If your blood sugar level is high, the baby gets too much nourishment and overgrows. This can lead to a condition called macrosomia or "fat" baby. Macrosomia causes problems for both you and your baby. ...Read more

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After pregnancy diabetic level?

Gestational diabetes: Often pregnancy will reveal a tendency in the mother to metabolize sugar poorly. The diagnosis is gestational (pregnancy-related) diabetes. This usually resolves after the pregnancy is over. However, there are women in whom the underlying diabetes becomes more chronic. ...Read more

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How does pregnancy affect diabetes?

How does pregnancy affect diabetes?

Worsens it: Just as important, your diabetes can affect your pregnancy. You need stricter control to help prevent birth defects, macrosomia (large infant), birth or maternal injuries, fetal death, and maternal diabetes worsening; leading to renal problems (kidney failure), other organ damage, or other health issues...The good news is that all of these problems can be improved or avoided with proper care. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get diabetes after pregnancy?

Is it possible to get diabetes after pregnancy?

yes: Gestational diabetes can occur, which predisposes the fetus to abnormalities such as very high birth weights. This often improves in the mother following delivery. ...Read more

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Tell me if diabetes gets worse after pregnancy?

Tell me if diabetes gets worse after pregnancy?

Yes: It can get worse with pregnancy and also afterward as pregnancy is a tremendous strain on your body, including your ability to maintain a normal glucose. Work on post-partum weight loss with diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Which type of diabetes happens during pregnancy?

Which type of diabetes happens during pregnancy?

Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a condition where women develop high blood sugar during pregnancy without a prior history of diabetes. It is often without symptoms, but can be picked up during routine pre-natal screening. There is some risk to the baby if it is not treated, and there is some risk of the mother having diabetes after birth. ...Read more

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How can we treat diabetes onset during pregnancy?

How can we treat diabetes onset during pregnancy?

Attain Glucose level: Depends on severity, but usally initiate special diet and pregancy exercise program plus Insulin to attain hba1c <6.0, 1&2 hr post meal bs <140 and <120. ...Read more

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What type of diabetes can happen during pregnancy?

What type of diabetes can happen during pregnancy?

Gestational diabetes: If you do not have diabetes before you are pregnant, but become diabetic during the pregnancy you have developed "gestational diabetes". You will be at increased risk for adult onset diabetes later in life as well. ...Read more