Diabetes and pregnancy

You may have heard us say it before, but it’s worth saying it again – having a healthy baby starts BEFORE pregnancy! There are so many factors about mom’s health before and during pregnancy that affect how healthy her baby will be. That’s why it’s important for all women to take care of themselves and live a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true for women living with diabetes.

The USA Today published an article last week on this very topic. In fact, nearly 9 out of 100 women in the United States have diabetes. But, about 3 out of those 9 don’t know it. Managing diabetes before pregnancy (often called “preexisting diabetes”) is important to the health of both mom and baby. This is also true for women who develop gestational diabetes (when diabetes develops during pregnancy). If too much glucose (sugar) is in a woman’s blood during early pregnancy, there’s a chance that this can cause birth defects. In later pregnancy, too much glucose could lead to a baby that is too large, born prematurely, born via c-section or have other life-threatening situations.

But there is good news! By learning how to manage your diabetes before and during pregnancy, you can increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby. Here’s a few things you can do right now:
Visit your health provider regularly before and during pregnancy
• Take a multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid
• Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
• With your health provider’s OK, be active and exercise
• Learn more about managing pre-existing diabetes and gestational diabetes.

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2 Responses to “Diabetes and pregnancy”

  1. Tattoo Mal Says:

    This sort of has me worried. I am 5 months pregnant, but as far as I know I don’t have diabetes. However, both my parents do as does my older brother.

  2. Ivette Says:

    Thanks so much for your comment. The best thing to do is to keep going to your prenatal care appointments and talk to your health provider about your family health history and concerns. Your provider will monitor how you’re doing as you get further along in your pregnancy and offer you recommendations when necessary. In the meantime, maintain a healthy diet and (with your health provider’s OK) enjoy some light exercise. Wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months 🙂 !

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