Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy

What You Should Know About Diabetes and Pregnancy

Many women worry about gestational diabetes and pregnancy and rightly so. However,it is not only pregnant women with diabetes who should be concerned. It is said that when a woman is delivering her baby, she has half her body in a grave because of the risks. Pregnancies sometimes get complicated. It happens in perfectly healthy mothers, not just pregnant mums with diabetes mellitus. Women who are at the ideal age of conceiving and are at their optimum health sometimes deliver babies with birth defects, or sadly, have a miscarriage. Some women even die during childbirth.

Pregnant women who have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus disease face the same risks as well as added risks. However, they can also become pregnant and deliver healthy babies. It may require more preparation, precautions and prenatal care, but it can be done.

If you are diabetic and you want to conceive, you should consult your doctor first. Pregnancy poses a risk not only to mothers but to the unborn developing child as well. Informing your doctor about your plans is important because he will be able to help you prepare for the pregnancy.

The first precautionary measure for diabetic women who want to become pregnant is undergoing a Hemoglobin A1C test. This is a test to check whether your diabetes is being controlled effectively. The ideal Hemoglobin A1C reading is less than seven. But for those who want to ensure that they can carry on with a healthy pregnancy, it is best to have a reading of around six. This is done to increase the chances of the baby being born healthy.

A baby’s internal organs are formed during the first six weeks of pregnancy. During this time, it is important for the mother to have a stable blood sugar level. A spike in blood glucose level may result in the baby being born with defects and other complications. No mother wants that for her child and so the need to control diabetes is doubly important as the woman is doing it not only for her own sake, but for her child’s as well.

Once the doctor has given the go signal to conceive, the mother has to be more vigilant with her blood sugar levels. During pregnancy, the body releases a hormone that can inhibit the production of insulin. Because of this, you will require more insulin. Your doctor will be able to provide you with a diet that is suitable for pregnant diabetic patients. As soon as the baby is born, your insulin requirement will be back on track.