I Have Diabetes, and I’m Pregnant. What Should I Know?

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Pregnancy brings a whole heap of changes when it comes to your body, your diet, and definitely your wardrobe, but for women that have diabetes, those changes become just a little more complicated. 

What are some other things I can do?

Chances are you're going to want to take it easy during your pregnancy; however, it is suggested by the American Diabetes Association to get some exercise. Talk with your doctor and have him or her help you create a workout plan. In addition to the workout plan, make sure that you avoid certain activities that could cause unnecessary stress on your body such as:

  • Activities that put you in danger of falling or receiving abdominal injury
  • Activities that put pressure on your abdomen
  • Scuba diving
  • Vigorous, intense exercise
  • Activities with bouncing or jolting movements

{ MORE: Exercise During Pregnancy } 

What does this mean for my baby?

Glucose levels need to be monitored extra carefully during pregnancy. If there are elevated levels of glucose during the first  trimester, your baby has a higher risk of malformations. If glucose levels go unchecked later on in your pregnancy, your baby is at risk of macrosomia, which is a condition where the baby is larger than is normal, as well as being at risk for complications for their metabolism. With monitoring, you can control the risk level. 

Thousands of women who have diabetes have had successful pregnancies and healthy babies. The trick to having both a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby is staying on top of your glucose levels. 

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