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Can Women With Diabetes Get Pregnant?

Can Women With Diabetes Get Pregnant?

Can Women with Diabetes Get Pregnant? Can women with diabetes get pregnant? Diabetes can affect a person without warning and sometimes may even occur without any family history. For a woman of child bearing age, this is stressful as the desire to become a mother and the thought of bringing harm to the child. Although the risks associated with pregnancy in a diabetic woman can’t be ignored, the number of misconceptions is huge and adds to the stress. However, the situation is not as bad as it is made out. Diabetic woman can get pregnant and deliver healthy babies. You just need to take certain precautions to become a mother. The short answer is “Yes”. Since diabetes is a chronic condition, a person is required to take care of their health. Monitoring the sugar levels and keeping them in check is essential. This becomes all the more necessary and important during pregnancy, when your body is undergoing a lot of changes. You should interact more often with your doctor and other healthcare professionals during your pregnancy and try to manage your diabetes as best as you can. This way you can have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. How Will Diabetes Affect My Pregnancy? The most commonly seen complications of diabetes are those that affect the kidney, eyes and the nervous system. These are also known as diabetic-nephropathy, retinopathy and neuropathy respectively. After delivery the symptoms might disappear; however, treatment may be required. Ensure that you inform your doctor about any changes in your body as they can be symptoms of a condition. Common conditions seen among mothers are: urinary tract infection leading to fever. high blood pressure leading to fluid build up. swelling in limbs and face. protein excretion in urine. carpal tunnel syndrome leadi Continue reading >>

Pregnancy With Type 1 Diabetes

Pregnancy With Type 1 Diabetes

Forty five years ago when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes I was clearly told I couldn’t have children. I didn’t. Today, thankfully that advice is no longer given. And while a woman with Type 1 diabetes needs to take precautions, she can absolutely, and safely, have a healthy baby. I sat down for an interview with Ginger Vieira, co-author,with Jennifer Smith, of the recent book, Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes: Your Month-to-Month Guide to Blood Sugar Management. What will people find in the book? As much information as you possibly need to understand why your blood sugars fluctuate during pregnancy and how to adjust your insulin management to keep your blood sugars as close to non-diabetic levels as possible. Also the book covers preparing for pregnancy, months one through nine of your pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum, including the challenges of breastfeeding for a woman with type 1 diabetes. My co-author Jenny is also my diabetes pregnancy coach. As a certified diabetes educator, woman with type 1 diabetes and mother, she knows this journey inside and out. What makes pregnancy for a woman with type 1 diabetes challenging? Let’s face it, a normal day with type 1 diabetes is challenging, balancing an autonomic system your body ought to balance on its own. And we’re only given insulin to do the job, while a non-diabetic body uses several different hormones to balance blood sugar. Add pregnancy to that mix and you add the insane pressure of, “Every decision you make impacts the human life growing inside of you!!!” And now you have to balance your blood sugars with constantly shifting pregnancy hormones. Plus those hormones impact your insulin needs in ways that are constantly changing and evolving. Also, there is never a break. Even when you’re sleepi Continue reading >>

Preparing For A Baby: From A Dad-to-be With Type 1 Diabetes

Preparing For A Baby: From A Dad-to-be With Type 1 Diabetes

The Life of a Diabetic, who has lived with type 1 diabetes since the age of 19. Originally from Pennsylvania, Chris resides in South Florida with his wife, Amanda. Managing his own search engine optimization (SEO) company, CSI Marketing Solutions, in Delray Beach, he spends most of his time working, learning about search marketing, and advocating for diabetes. We’re thrilled to have him blogging for us, kicking us off with sharing his perspective on preparing for his first child. Please welcome Chris! July 2013 was an amazing time in my life because I married the love of my life, Amanda. Fast forward to July 2014, my wife and I were not only celebrating our one year anniversary, but also celebrating the news of having our first child. After all the initial excited reactions between my wife and me, I could not help but think, “what if our child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes?” It is a question that has popped into my head at least once a day for the last six to seven months. I usually tell myself there is nothing I can do about it if that day does come, so I cannot live every day in fear of it happening. But as a first time father-to-be with type 1 diabetes, I cannot help but think about it. Preparing for a baby from my perspective has included many more decisions other than what brand of diapers or bottles we want to put on our registry. We have had to discuss and research different items such as cord blood banking, to breastfeed or to not, a special diet for mommy while breastfeeding, what can we do during the early months of child to try and help prevent a diabetes diagnoses, etc. Preparing for Baby Stocker also made me realize how much more important it was for me to pay attention to my own health. This led me to pay more attention to my continuous glucose m Continue reading >>

Trying To Get (my Wife) Pregnant

Trying To Get (my Wife) Pregnant

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community My name's Dan, I'm 29 years old and I live in the south-east UK, quite near to Reading. I was diagnosed as being Type I Diabetic when I was 16 and currently have to inject 4 times a day. Over the 13 years that I've been living with my Diabetes I think I've gradually developed rather a relaxed attitude to it and as a consequence I haven't always looked after my blood sugar nearly as carefully as I should have done. The reason for my post is to ask whether anyone here knows anything much about how Diabetes can affect fertility. My wife and I did manage to get pregnant back in June but we lost the baby at the beginning of August and have now started trying again. I've read several things online though, saying that there's an increased chance of miscarriage if the father suffers from Diabetes and also that sperm can be damaged by poor blood-sugar regulation. I've also read articles saying that being Diabetic has no bearing on male fertility whatsoever so this has left me a little confused. At the moment I'm feeling rather angry and frustrated at myself for potentially jeopardising our chances of falling pregnant again by my complete absence of will-power. Obviously I'm working hard to rectify this now but I would love to hear from anyone who has been in the same situation who is now a parent! I am sorry to hear of the recent miscarriage suffered by your wife. I do not know if diabetes is linked to male infertility. It sounds like doctors do not know that much on the subject either. I do know though, from personal experience, that there is a lot that the medical profession can do to assist couples with fertility problems, irrespective of what the cause of Continue reading >>

Does Diabetes Affect Fertility?

Does Diabetes Affect Fertility?

There was a time when women who had diabetes were strongly advised to avoid getting pregnant. Attempting to produce a biologically-related family was just too dangerous [source: Brucker]. Fortunately, diabetic women are no longer given that heartbreaking direction from caregivers. Diabetics can, and routinely do, get pregnant and give birth to healthy children. Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, however, can still be a major factor in fertility for men or women. There are challenges diabetics face in getting a partner pregnant, becoming pregnant, maintaining a pregnancy and ensuring they give birth to a healthy, full-term baby. Diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2) can harm sperm [source: Paddock]. Type 2 diabetes can make it far more difficult to become pregnant. There's an increased rate of miscarriage among diabetics in general, and women with Type 1 diabetes are somewhat more likely to have a baby with a birth defect or a child born prematurely [source: MyDr]. However, all of these challenges can largely be managed by being attentive to and responding to signals from the body. In order to understand why diabetes affects reproduction, it helps to have a general understanding of the disease in both of its forms. A healthy human body digests food and -- with the help of a hormone called insulin -- transports a form of sugar known as glucose through the bloodstream to cells for energy. Diabetics have flaws in their metabolism. A Type 1 diabetic's body doesn't make insulin. The body of a Type 2 diabetic either fails to create enough insulin, the person's cells don't react properly to the insulin or both malfunctions occur [source: Nordqvist]. Click ahead to learn the specifics of how Type 1 diabetes influences reproduction and how it can be managed. You've undoubtedly heard a pregnant wom Continue reading >>

Diabetes May Affect Men's Fertility

Diabetes May Affect Men's Fertility

May 2, 2007 -- Men with type 1 diabetes may have more DNA damage in their sperm, possibly hampering fertility, a preliminary study shows. The study was small and doesn't prove that type 1 diabetes causes male infertility. But the findings deserve further research, write the researchers, who are based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They included Ishola Agbaje, MD, of the Reproductive Medicine Research Group at Queen's University of Belfast. Agbaje and colleagues studied semen and blood samples from 27 men with type 1 diabetes. Those men weren't necessarily infertile; they were invited to participate in the study while getting routine diabetes checkups. For comparison, the researchers also studied semen and blood samples from 29 men without diabetes who were undergoing infertility tests. Both groups of men were in their early to mid-30s, on average. The men with diabetes had lower semen volume than the men without diabetes. But the diabetes patients' semen volume was still within the normal range set by the World Health Organization (WHO). Sperm count, shape, and motion (motility) were similar in both groups of men. But when the researchers analyzed the sperms' DNA, they found more DNA damage in the diabetes patients' sperm. Sperm damage may increase infertility, note the researchers. Many factors can cause DNA damage. It's not clear whether diabetes was responsible for the DNA damage seen in the study. The study didn't include any men without diabetes who weren't undergoing infertility tests. Such men might have even less DNA damage in their sperm than the study groups, the researchers note. Agbaje's team calls for further studies on DNA sperm damage -- and its possible fertility consequences -- in men with type 1 diabetes. The study appears online in the journal Human Re Continue reading >>

Trying To Conceive With Type 1

Trying To Conceive With Type 1

Hi there. I'm 31 years old T1 and we've been TTC for 4 or 5 months now. It's felt much longer because it took me 6 months to get my a1c down from 7. My last two a1cs were 6.3 and 6.4, but my BG can still be variable (highs in 200+) sometimes. Anyway, I'm worried about the impact of diabetes on my ability to get pregnant and would love to hear from anyone with experience. - How long did it take you to get pregnant? - How tight were you around fertile window and weeks after to have a healthy baby? - Did you have any symptoms early in your pregnancy (between your ovulation day and before you tested positive for pregnancy? I get so sad and also worried every time I get my period now. I'm happy for all my friends, but it also makes me sad when I feel like everyone else can get pregnant except me. I'm sure this negative attitude and stress doesn't help things, but perhaps being more educated might help. Great job with your A1c! Are you on an insulin pump? If not I would highly recommend it! Better control is most important. The pump will help stabilize your blood sugar more. If you are getting your cycle each month regularly and your blood sugars are stable consistently then your on your way to making a baby! I am a lucky one with my pregnancy I had no morning sickness at all expect feeling tired all the time and this came after the positive pregnancy test. I use a cycle tracker app to record when I should be getting my cycle and it tracks my estimated day I would be ovulating. Its spot on every month. We tried a couple days before ovulating, on my ovulating day and the day after and we were pregnant. We were very lucky! Keep your head up it will happen The book "Balancing pregnancy with pre-existing diabetes" by Cheryl Alkon has a whole section with this and many women face Continue reading >>

Diabetes: Should I Get Pregnant?

Diabetes: Should I Get Pregnant?

You may want to have a say in this decision, or you may simply want to follow your doctor's recommendation. Either way, this information will help you understand what your choices are so that you can talk to your doctor about them. Is your blood sugar in a target range for pregnancy? Women with diabetes who want to get pregnant should have blood sugar levels in a target range before they get pregnant. (The American Diabetes Association suggests an A1c of less than 7% for most nonpregnant adults. footnote 1 ) This lowers the chance of birth defects, miscarriage, and other problems. Check your blood sugar throughout the day to see if it is in a target range. If not, consider using birth control until your blood sugar is in that range. Do you take pills to treat diabetes? Your doctor may have you switch to insulin or take a different pill before you get pregnant. If you are changing to insulin or a new pill, make sure that the medicine is controlling your blood sugar before you try to get pregnant. Do you take insulin? Talk to your doctor before you try to get pregnant to see if you need to change your dose or how you take it (such as through an insulin pump or as shots). If you figure out the right dose of insulin to take before you get pregnant, you are less likely to have problems with high and low blood sugar during your pregnancy. Do you take medicine to treat other problems? Talk to your doctor before you get pregnant to see if you need to stop or change your medicine. Do you have problems from diabetes, such as eye or kidney disease? If you do, being pregnant can make some of these problems worse. Also, high blood pressure can create problems for you and affect your baby's growth during pregnancy. Do you have other children? If so, how did the diabetes affect your Continue reading >>

Can My Husband's Diabetes Cause A Miscarriage?

Can My Husband's Diabetes Cause A Miscarriage?

Can my husband's diabetes cause a miscarriage? I had a miscarriage 2 months ago. I'm completely healthy and my OB/Gyne has no clue why it would have happened. She explained that there are millions of chromosomes and if 1 goes wrong, that is it. Ok, I get that but I won't accept it as my answer because I don't want it to happen again. So I researched more. The father is responsible for 50% of the chromosomes, so miscarriages actually could be from their end and not necessarily the mother's. My husband has Type 2 diabetes but has been taking care of it since he found out in December. It can cause fertility problems in men and can effect the DNA of the sperm. In my husband's case, we just found out the diabetes caused nerve damage in his groin area and a hernia in a testicle and will need surgery this month. I want to try again before surgery, but I'm scared. Has anyone experienced issues with pregnancy because of the fathers health? Is there a way we can protect ourselves from problems when we start trying again? Continue reading >>

Partners Of Diabetic Men 'more Likely To Miscarry'

Partners Of Diabetic Men 'more Likely To Miscarry'

Wives and girlfriends of diabetic men may be more likely to miscarry, research suggests. A study has shown that diabetics' sperm is of poorer quality than that of other men. It is feared this could make it harder for their partners to get pregnant and make the more likely to miscarry. With rates of both forms of diabetes rising sharply, more and more young men may be denied the chance of fatherhood. Researcher Dr Con Mallidis said: 'What is particularly alarming is that the people who are being diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are younger and younger. 'As a consequence, we have a much larger population of people who are diabetic during their reproductive years.' The study of young men with type 1, or childhood diabetes, picked up DNA damage in sperm that looked otherwise normal, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology's annual conference in Barcelona heard. It is known that such damage can make it harder for women to become pregnant and increase the risk of miscarriage. The researchers, from Queen's University, Belfast, said it was likely men with type 2 diabetes, which tends to develop in middle-age and is linked to obesity, would be similarly affected. Fellow researcher Professor Neil McClure said it was clear that a man's health affected his fertility. 'For too long the role of general health in male fertility has been ignored,' he said. 'Very few centres take a detailed history from the man, concentrating instead on the female. 'This basic mistake is understandable but, now, those working in this area must give greater consideration to the male and to ensuring that he is in peak physique and health to maximise the couple’s chances of successful conception.' More than 2.3 million Britons have the diabetes, with type 2 accounting for up to Continue reading >>

"i Am Pregnant And My Husband Has Diabetes. Is There A Risk For My Child?" A Qualitative Study Of Questions Asked By Email About The Role Of Genetic Susceptibility To Diabetes

Go to: Abstract Diabetes Mellitus is a global health problem. Scientific knowledge on the genetics of diabetes is expanding and is more and more utilised in clinical practice and primary prevention strategies. Health consumers have become increasingly interested in genetic information. In the Netherlands, the National Genetic Research and Information Center provides online information about the genetics of diabetes and thereby offers website visitors the opportunity to ask a question per email. The current study aims at exploring people's need of (additional) information about the role of inheritance in diabetes. Results may help to tailor existing clinical and public (online) genetic information to the needs of an increasing population at risk for diabetes. A data base with emailed questions about diabetes and inheritance (n = 172) is used in a secondary content analysis. Questions are posted in 2005-2009 via a website providing information about more than 600 inheritable disorders, including all diabetes subtypes. Queries submitted were classified by contents as well as persons' demographic profiles. Questions were received by diabetes patients (49%), relatives (30%), and partners (21%). Questioners were relatively young (54.8% ≤ 30 years) and predominantly female (83%). Most queries related to type 1 diabetes and concerned topics related to (future) pregnancy and family planning. Questioners mainly asked for risk estimation, but also clarifying information (about genetics of diabetes in general) and advice (mostly related to family planning) was requested. Preventive advice to reduce own diabetes risk was hardly sought. Genetic information on diabetes provided by professionals or public health initiatives should address patients, as well as relatives and partners. Continue reading >>

Guys, Diabetes Could Be Affecting Your Fertility!

Guys, Diabetes Could Be Affecting Your Fertility!

The surge in diabetes cases in Singapore may well be getting in the way of a man’s ability to have kids. Listing risk factors most diabetic men have that can impact their fertility, Dr Colin Teo, the head of urology at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, says, “These individuals often suffer from other related health issues dealing with blood vessels, nerve damage, metabolic issues and obesity.” In 2014, some 440,000 Singaporeans 18 years and older had diabetes. And that number is set to grow to one million by 2050, according to Health Minister Gan Kim Yong. This condition increases one’s risk of blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure and heart disease. In severe cases of diabetes, permanent damage may even result ― more than 1,500 diabetes-related amputations are carried out in Singapore hospitals every year. We take a look at the most common infertility issues faced by men with diabetes (both type I & II): 1) Low testosterone levels (Hypogonadism) Low levels of testosterone — the male sex hormone — are common among diabetic men, which can result in a low sex drive. Points out Dr Simon Chong, a consultant urologist at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, “One common cause of infertility is the low frequency of sex rather than the quality of the sperm or eggs.” Pregnancy is the result when sperm fertilises an egg and for this to happen, there must be intercourse. The good news, Dr Chong notes, is that there are medications such as injections and oral medication to treat low testosterone levels. Low levels of the male sex hormone can also give rise to weight gain and general lethargy. 2) Poor sperm health Sperm that is healthy a normal shape with move well. Healthy sperm also have a high sperm count in the semen. The higher the count, the better the chances a woman ha Continue reading >>

Diabetes, Men, And Sex

Diabetes, Men, And Sex

Sexual dysfunction. You've seen the ads on television, you've heard the jokes, and, if you're like most men, you've tried your best to block it from your mind. But if you have diabetes, this is one touchy subject you shouldn't ignore. A full 75 percent of diabetic men have some trouble achieving or maintaining an erection long enough to have intercourse. But diabetes doesn't have to be a deathblow to your sex life. You can protect your sexual functioning by keeping your diabetes under control. And if the condition has already started to derail your physical relationships, your doctor can help you get back on track. How does diabetes cause sexual dysfunction? Erections take teamwork from several parts of the body: Your brain makes you aroused, your nerves sense pleasurable feelings, and your arteries carry a flood of blood to the penis. Unfortunately, poorly controlled diabetes can ruin that teamwork. Blood sugar that stays too high for too long can both deaden your nerves and damage the arteries that feed your penis. You can still get aroused, but you'll have trouble turning those feelings into action. The breakdown doesn't happen overnight. Most men have diabetes for many years before they notice a problem with erections. Diabetic men rarely have any erectile dysfunction before they reach 30. The key is controlling your diabetes. But when it comes to blood sugar, how high is too high? There's a national movement to describe sugar levels in terms of A1C (also known as glycosylated hemoglobin or HbA1c)), a lab test that reports average blood glucose over a period of two to three months. If your A1C is below 7 percent, your blood sugar is under control. But as A1C gets higher than 7 percent your long-term risk of damage to nerves and arteries increases, and that can also Continue reading >>

How To Get Pregnant With Type 1 Diabetes (all The Lifestyle Tips)

How To Get Pregnant With Type 1 Diabetes (all The Lifestyle Tips)

Who recognizes the name Lyrehca from the blog Managing the Sweetness Within, chronicling one woman's efforts to get and stay pregnant while dealing with her lifelong type 1 diabetes? Yes, you guessed it: Lyrehca is coming out of the closet as herself, Cheryl Alkon, now-author of the forthcoming book Balancing Pregnancy With Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby. Today, Lyrehca (er, Cheryl) shares a brief version of her story, and some don't-miss tips on diabetes and pregnancy. A Guest Post by Cheryl Alkon, D-blogger and Author When I first thought about trying to get pregnant, almost five years ago, I did everything I was supposed to do: I stepped up visits to my endocrinologist for pre-pregnancy consults I worked to get my blood sugar numbers into the tight ranges recommended for pregnancy I saw my eye doctor to check my eyes for any longterm damage from diabetes and learned how pregnancy might affect them I ate better and took prenatal vitamins I also looked everywhere for books and websites about the subject and I soon met with the maternal-fetal medicine specialist who worked with my endocrinologist at my hospital's diabetes and pregnancy program. Despite excellent blood sugars, an overall good bill of health, and extensive knowledge about the topic, I left the specialist's office in tears. Why? The doc, also known as a high-risk obstetrician, spent our appointment telling me all the terrible things that could happen in a pregnancy complicated by diabetes. Yes, tight blood sugars were necessary. Without them, the chances of having a pregnancy colored by complications, both for me and for the unborn baby, were high. The visit was a long list of all the potential things that could go wrong, from the pregnancy itself, to actually giving birth, to the health Continue reading >>

How To Get Pregnant If My Husband Has Diabetes?

How To Get Pregnant If My Husband Has Diabetes?

Diabetes is such a common disease, it affects many people of all ages. When a woman is trying to get pregnant, she may wonder how her husband’s diabetes will affect her fertility. Diabetes is such a common disease, it affects many people of all ages. When a woman is trying to get pregnant, she may wonder how her husband’s diabetes will affect her fertility. The most important thing for couples who want to get pregnant with diabetes is going to be constant contact with their doctor or health care provider every step of the way. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here It is also important to remember that if you do get pregnant and your partner has diabetes, your baby will be at risk for diabetes as well. This does not mean that your baby will automatically have diabetes, just that he or she will be at a greater risk of developing the disease. When it comes to getting pregnant with diabetes, communication with your doctor is key. There are several studies that show that diabetes can affect a man’s fertility, including his sperm count and motility. Sometimes, when a man has diabetes, assisted reproductive techniques like in vitro fertilization are the best route, especially if he has issues related to sperm. Remember that getting pregnant when you have a partner with diabetes is not impossible, but it might be a little more difficult, and take a little more time or creativity to do so. ConceiveEasy® TTC Kit™ is the most complete fertility system available over the counter. Clinically proven to dramatically increase your chances of conception and help you get pregnant fast from the very first use. And now for a limited time, Try a FREE starter pack today & receive 20 FREE pregnancy tests and a FREE Digital BBT Thermometer! Male fertility Continue reading >>

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