How to get pregnant if you have diabetes?
Pregnancy needs a little bit of planning and if you are a diabetic, this could mean meticulous planning. High sugar levels in the blood can come in the way of conception and make it difficult for you to get pregnant. But if your sugar levels are in control conceiving should not be a problem. ‘If one is diabetic, it is essential to consult your doctor before conception to take control of the situation. If you can get the sugar levels under control, then conception and pregnancy can get easier,’ says Dr Meghana Sarvaiya, Consultant Gynaecologist and obstetrician, Cloudnine Hospital, Mumbai.
Here she explains how one should plan pregnancy with diabetes:
First, it is necessary for the woman and her partner to be on the same page when it comes to planning a pregnancy. If both of you agree to have a baby talk to your doctor about how to get your blood sugar levels in check. If you are on oral medications to control sugar levels or any other hypoglycaemic agent, ask your doctor if it is safe to have them while trying to conceive. ‘The widely used oral medication Metformin is considered safe during pregnancy. Depending on your condition your endocrinologist might put you on a combination of Metformin and insulin or just insulin. Any other form of medication during conception is not advisable,’ says Dr Sarvaiya. Apart from this, simple measures like losing a few kilos, cutting down on sugar, diet management and giving up vices like smoking and alcohol are also advised.
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