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A Healthy Pregnancy For Women With Diabetes

PDF Format A Healthy Pregnancy for Women with Diabetes What is diabetes mellitus? Diabetes mellitus (also called "diabetes") is caused by a problem with insulin. Insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into the body’s cells where it can be turned into energy (see the FAQ Diabetes and Women). Pregnancy health care providers often call diabetes that is present before pregnancy "pregestational diabetes." When the body does not make enough insulin or does not respond to it, glucose cannot get into cells and instead stays in the blood. As a result, the level of glucose in the blood increases. Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the body and cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision problems, and kidney disease. How can pregestational diabetes affect my pregnancy? If your diabetes is not managed well, you are at increased risk of several of the complications associated with diabetes. The following problems can occur in women with diabetes: Birth defects High blood pressure Hydramnios—In this condition, there is an increased amount of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac that surrounds the baby. It can lead to preterm labor and delivery. Macrosomia (ver Continue reading >>

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  1. Pixlepixie

    I seem to remember reading somewhere (or someone told me) that your sugars will go down before labour starts?
    I'm just curious as my sugars have been surprisingly normal (especially my morning one, which hasn't been on target since I was diagnosed).
    I've got a week and 4 days before I'm being induced. I've had a few little cramps here and there and seem to be getting BH (Braxton Hicks) (which I haven't had at all throughout pregnancy).
    However I just switched back to my first insulin (Humulin I) as I was finding the reactions too much to cope with (you may remember my post earlier this week moaning about it). I've been on it 2 days in a row and my reactions nearly gone. Obviously I can't put the cramps and BH (Braxton Hicks) down to insulin but I don't know if the sugars are that as well.
    What have you heard about sugars before labour?

  2. rollinghills

    I'm not sure about sugars before labour specifically but my consultant said that generally sugar levels stabilise / start improving around 36-37 weeks. I'm nearly 38 weeks and I'd say that my levels have been better recently.

  3. Pixlepixie

    Ok thanks. Like I said I'm not sure where I got that info from but for some reason it's stuck in my head.
    Yeah I'm 38 +3 just now so I suppose that could be it as well.

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