Sunday, August 9, 2009

Diabetes and pregnancy

If you are diabetic or if you develop diabetes during pregnancy, adjust your diet so that it includes specific quantities of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to ensure that you maintain a normal level of blood glucose.

The issues surrounding preexisting diabetes are slightly different from those faced by women who first develop diabetes during pregnancy. Women who have diabetes before they become pregnant have to deal with glucose control at conceoption and early in pregnancy.

Pregnancy is not adviseable for diabetic patients with microvascular disease. With considerable patient effort and attention to self-management, successful pregnancies can be achieved in patients with advanced, noncardiac complication.

If you are a woman with diabetes, you should plan your pregnancies and attend a high-risk obstetric practice to get preconception counseling to learn about the risk of your child developing diabetes and nutrition during pregnancy.

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