It was not that many years ago that diabetic woman was not encouraged to get pregnant. At that time, it was felt that diabetic pregnancies had too many risks. The good thing is that with the right care many of these dangers can be lessened or even eliminated. So now you are pregnant!
What is the first thing you should do? Get your health care team organized.
This team should include all of the health care professionals that you will need throughout your pregnancy. They will monitor both you and your baby, helping to forestall any complications that should arise. If some should occur, they will be in a position to take appropriate action. Don’t forget to include family members in this team. as well as the support of the professionals.
Your support team will develop a good action plan that will include some very basic steps. No matter how good this plan is, it will of be no value if you don’t follow it. Having a baby when you are diabetic requires a high level of commitment, there is little room for complacency. How well your pregnancy turns out, will depend on how well you follow these directions.
Keeping your blood sugar levels in control is the primary goal all through your pregnancy.
Maintaining good control is the key to a successful diabetic pregnancy. By doing this you will avoid many of the complications that could occur to you and your baby.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one of the complications of high blood sugar levels is that the baby may grow too large for the mother to have a normal delivery. Sugar levels that are too low or constantly swing between high and low levels can cause seizures. These are just two complications that can develop if you do not control your blood sugar levels.
Today, there has been much research done on diabetes.
Due to these medical advances, diabetics can have safe, healthy pregnancies. Having said that, a diabetic pregnancy is still considered a high-risk pregnancy. So remember, if you are diabetic and pregnant, it is your responsibility to take the necessary steps that will ensure that you will have a healthy, safe pregnancy.