If You’re Diabetic



It’s good to live in the modern world, isn’t it? Technology puts all of the information you need to have a healthy and happy pregnancy right at your fingertips. Medical advancements detect possible problems with your pregnancy long before they are no longer preventable, and modern medications make sure that any discomfort you might previously have had to endure during labor and delivery can be a thing of the past (if you wish for them to be, of course.

It wasn’t that long ago, for example, that a woman who had diabetes would have been discouraged from becoming pregnant. Today, however, that’s not the case at all. It’s much safer now for a diabetic woman to have a baby. The key lies in management of the diseases.

You see, there are a couple of factors that come from diabetes that are thought to affect your pregnancy. High blood glucose levels and high levels of ketones, for example, are both thought to contribute to a risk of birth defects. This is especially a concern during those first six weeks of pregnancy. At that time, your baby’s organs are first developing and the risk of birth defects forming is at its greatest.

The problem here is that some women may not even know that they’re pregnant until their baby has already been growing for two to four weeks. By that point, it may be too late to make the choice to properly manage your diabetes.

If you’re diabetic and trying to conceive, the best thing to do is to get your blood glucose levels under control today. Do what you need to do in order to properly manage your diabetes. There’s no reason that you shouldn’t be able to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

It’s important that you keep in touch with your OB, as well as your endocrinologist, if you’re going to be trying to get pregnant. They can help you properly monitor things, and they can help minimize the risk that there will be any sort of problem resulting from it.


Last modified: December 8, 2010