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.
Yes. The fetus will eventually make it's own insulin & control its glucose levels but if mother is poorly controlled her high sugar levels cause problems. Every tissue & organ within baby can end up overgrown & some will develop birth defects. Tight control of blood sugar levels reduce the risk. Babies excess insulin can cause low sugars at birth requiring IV glucose for extended periods.

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I'm 30 yrs old I have diabetes type2, and can diabetes affect my future pregnancy?

Absolutely. When the mother is diabetic any pregnancy is automatically higher risk and needs to be managed very carefully. Start by having your diabetes well controlled prior to the time you become pregnant. Talk to your doctor about your plans to become pregnant well beforehand. During your pregnancy make sure to get to all of your pre-natal visits. Read more...
Yes. Type 2 is typically caused by obesity. Complications during pregnancy can arise and it is imperative that you maintain good glucose control throughout pregnancy. If related to weight, weight loss with good dieting prior to pregnancy can prove quite helpful. Read more...

Can my diabetes affect a home pregnancy test??

Not the test itself. Hi. No, diabetes in any state of control (or lack thereof) will not skew the pregnancy test itself. However, you should be in excellent control for at least a few months prior to conception and throughout the pregnancy if you decide to keep it. Hopefully you're in excellent control ALL the time. Type 2 at age 23 suggests some less than ideal lifestyle factors. Eat healthily and exercise regularly. Read more...