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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. Dariush Saghafi
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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

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Why do I need to get tested for diabetes in pregnancy?

Why do I need to get tested for diabetes in pregnancy?

Diabetes in pregnanc: If you have gestational diabetes, you should control your sugars really well during pregnancy otherwise the baby may be born big, develop diabetes later in life, more prone for respiratory distress syndrome etc. For the mother, gain in weight, preeclampsia and eclampsia and high blood pressure may manifest. ...Read more

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What are the tests for diabetes onset during pregnancy?

What are the tests for diabetes onset during pregnancy?

FBG and OGTT: Fbg is fasting blood glucose (sugar) and ogtt is an oral glucose tolerance test. For the ogtt, a woman comes in fasting, drinks a sweet liquid with a set amount of glucose. Blood is drawn just before the woman drinks the glucose solution, and at several time points afterwards for up to 3 hours (~ 4 draws total). Having a high glucose for two of the readings means she has gestational diabetes. ...Read more

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What should I be eating in pregnancy if I have diabetes?

What should I be eating in pregnancy if I have diabetes?

Protein: The goal is to maintain steady, stable blood sugars and avoid the spikes and falls that occur with simple carb intake. Every meal should have a protein, it helps maintain blood sugar levels. Avoid the "whites": sugar, rice and white bread. Eat complex carbs instead, brown rice and whole grain breads. Veggies are great, but watch the fruits, they can be high in sugar. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect can diabetes have on pregnancy?

I'm wondering what effect can diabetes have on pregnancy?

Stay in control!: It's very important to have good control over diabetes at all times. Good control is necessary for a healthy pregnancy and also for a healthy baby. Fetal development can be negatively impacted when diabetes is not well-controlled during pregnancy. Poor control may also result in a too large baby making delivery more of a challenge. ...Read more

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How would pregnancy affect women who already have diabetes?

How would pregnancy affect women who already have diabetes?

Many: Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy. In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition & excess growth of the baby. ...Read more

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Can tablets be taken for diabetes be taken during pregnancy?

Can tablets be taken for diabetes be taken during pregnancy?

Yes: One large prospective trial showed that a sulfonylurea pill for gestational diabetes didn't cross the placenta and controlled sugars (used after 11 weeks gestation). The am coll of ob/gyn doesn't fully endorse it, so most physicians use insulin. Data on metformin is retrospective, so i agree with the other respondent that a discussion of these issues with your physician is very important. ...Read more

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Diabetes in pregnancy. What are the complications that can happen?

Diabetes in pregnancy. What are the complications that can happen?

Lots: Complications of diabetes during pregnancy include miscarriage, dka, fetal growth restriction, macrosomia, birth defects, preeclampsia, polyhydramnios, preterm birth, stillbirth, and newborn abnormalities. Having diabetes during pregnancy is considered high risk. ...Read more

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I'm 30 yrs old I have diabetes and could diabetes affect pregnancy?

I'm 30 yrs old I have diabetes and could diabetes affect pregnancy?

Absolutely: Women with diabetes are high risk during pregnancy. Best advice is to get diabetes in best control and plan pregnancy with both endocrinologist and OB involvement. ...Read more