Living with Diabetes

Diabetes and Pregnancy

Care During and After Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and have Diabetes it is important that you keep your blood sugar levels as near normal as possible for the entire duration of your pregnancy. High blood sugar levels during pregnancy could prevent your baby from developing normally and can cause the baby to grow quickly and become overweight, especially in the last three months. This can lead to problems for you during delivery with a heavier baby (greater chance of Caesarian section or forceps delivery). It could also mean that your baby is more likely to be born prematurely or have problems controlling their blood glucose immediately after birth. Read more

Pre-pregnancy Care

The key to a healthy pregnancy for a woman with Diabetes is keeping blood sugar levels in the blood in a target range. Poor control of Diabetes in a woman who is pregnant increases the chances for birth defects and other problems for the baby. Proper health care before and during pregnancy will help prevent birth defects and other poor outcomes, such as miscarriage or stillbirth. You can have a healthy pregnancy if you are diabetic and a good outcome with proper planning, support from your multidisciplinary care healthcare team, and good control of blood sugar levels. To do this, you need a Diabetes treatment plan that keeps meals, exercise, and insulin in balance. This plan will change as you change with pregnancy. You will also need to check your blood sugar often and keep a record of your results. With your blood sugar in the target range and good medical care, your chances of a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby are almost as good as they are for a woman without Diabetes. Read more