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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. artisgood

    Wondering if any of you experienced moms that have had gestational diabetes in past pregnancies would know the answer to this. For the past two days my blood sugar levels have gone out of control. This is not normal for me (as I'm on medication and I often fight LOW numbers more than high) but the past few days I've had the highest highs of my life. I had GD before with my son but he was a scheduled c-section at 38 weeks (due to my sugar levels never being under control during the pregnancy and I wasn't on medication then btw).
    Just wondering if any of you noticed a sharp change in your numbers as labor neared? As I was sitting on the phone with my mom last night (had GD with her last child) she mentioned the 210 I just pulled could be a result of labor nearing. I know pain can result in higher numbers (I've been having a ton of contractions) but perhaps it could be hormonal changes as labor nears? Just wondering....

  2. Pikemommy

    My numbers never got out of control and I was not on meds.... just diet controlled. I was induced that pregnancy due to pre-e though so I never went into labor on my own.
    My mom is type 1 (has had it since she was a toddler) and she had 3 healthy pregnancies/deliveries and her sugars never went crazy when labor was coming. Hormones do effect her sugar though, she had a terrible time keeping it under control during menapause.
    So basically I'm no help . I would call your Dr. though to let them know about the sugar being higher so they can adjust your meds/diet. You don't want it to be giving the baby a lot of extra sugar at this point in the game or stressing the baby out whether it means labor is approaching or not, it's not good for baby.

  3. KnittinMomOf4

    I don't think so mama, it's just harder to control your sugars the further along you get. .

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