Can You Have A Baby If You Have Type 2 Diabetes?

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Gestational Diabetes

Overview Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy (gestation). Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use sugar (glucose). Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your baby's health. Any pregnancy complication is concerning, but there's good news. Expectant women can help control gestational diabetes by eating healthy foods, exercising and, if necessary, taking medication. Controlling blood sugar can prevent a difficult birth and keep you and your baby healthy. In gestational diabetes, blood sugar usually returns to normal soon after delivery. But if you've had gestational diabetes, you're at risk for type 2 diabetes. You'll continue working with your health care team to monitor and manage your blood sugar. Symptoms For most women, gestational diabetes doesn't cause noticeable signs or symptoms. When to see a doctor If possible, seek health care early — when you first think about trying to get pregnant — so your doctor can evaluate your risk of gestational diabetes as part of your overall childbearing wellness plan. Once you're pregnant, your doctor will check you for gestational diabetes as part o Continue reading >>

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  1. kendall37013

    7 weeks pregnant with type 2 diabetes

    Hello everybody!
    I was so excited to find this site because I have so many questions right now. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in June. I imediately started working on getting everything in control. When I was diagnosed my A1C was 7.4 and fasting bs was 168. My doc wanted me try to control it with diet and exercise and see what happened. Good news is I did great. I went back in 2 months and my A1C was 5.8 and fasting bs 129. I thought this was super. I did a happy dance around the house. I ahd also lost about 22 lbs. I felt in better shape and healthier than I ever had. Then I hit the plateay. My fasting bs rose up to the high 170s and I stopped losing weight. I even gained a few pounds. That is when I found out I was pregnant. I cried for 2 hours. I had only heard horror stories of pregnancy with diabetes. I couldn't believe it. Well, I decided that if I had controlled everything so well before, I had even bette motivation now. I think i am doing great. My fasting bs are coming in a little high at a normal of 135 to 140 but my non fasting bs are super averaging between 120 and 135. My problem is I am still scared to death. I can only find stories about the bad things that happen when you are out of control. I can't find anything about what happens when you have control. I think i am in good control of my levels. I have found nothing to confirm it yet and don't go back to the doctor until next week. Can anyone share their story or experiences with me to just kind of let me know what to expect? If my numbers aren't good, I need to know now so I can start adjusting. Also, does anyone know if I will have to go on medecine? If i do, will I have to stay on it after the pregnancy? I am just completely in the dark right now.
    Thanks for any help in advance.

  2. wmathrules

    First I'd like to welcome you to DiabetesSisters. You've come to the right place. I have type 2 as well, but I won't be much help with the questions about pregnancy. I know someone here can help though. I can tell you that even if you end up taking medication, with type 2, that doesn't have to be forever. From what I understand, women do often end up on meds through pregnancy, but once you have the baby, you can always work on getting things under control and get off the meds again. As my doctor has told me repeatedly though, diabetes is a progressive disease. Even when you do everything right, your body doesn't always cooperate. Just keep watching your carbs, getting exercise,and make sure you have a doctor who is good with women with diabetes. Congrats on the baby! I'm sure you and the baby will do great.

  3. kendall37013

    Thanks. I hope to find valuable information on here too.

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