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By Nyu-chan Latest Reply 2012-10-17 06:38:58 -0500
Started 2012-10-15 12:21:00 -0500

Is it really safe for a diabetic to have a baby? I have never taken parenting class in school, and I had no desire for it. But my boyfriend wants to have a baby, but I am just not sure if I really want to do it.

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Lil Bal
Lil Bal 2012-10-16 19:21:56 -0500 Report

Hey, I'm actually 5 months pregnant with my first and have been t2 for 11 years. No disrespect but you can read all you want about being pregnant and diabetic, but no 2 pregnancies are the same. It is possible to have a healthy pregnancy whilst diabetic but it is damn hard work and you have to be prepared to put on the effort, personally this is the hardest thing I have ever done but the best and most rewarding thing too. Get your self a good doctor and get a high dose of folic acid before you get pregnant. Sorry if I'm a bit ride hormones are raging :)

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2012-10-15 17:29:37 -0500 Report

It is perfectly safe to have a baby if you have diabetes as long as you have a good doctor that helps you keep really strict control and monitors you very frequently. I am type 1 and had a baby 8 months ago. Both he and I were healthy. But I did have a high risk OB and and had frequent visits with my endocrinologist.

You do have to put a LOT more effort into your diabetes when you are pregnant and you should plan it so that you can prepare your body for it, but if having a baby is something that you want to do, don't let diabetes be the reason stopping you.

I was so afraid for a long time because of the stories I had heard about diabetics having so many complications with their pregnancies, but I did a lot of research and found that now a days it is a lot safer and that there are things that you can do to prepare that will help you have a healthy pregnancy. I would definately talk to your doctor about it before you decide though.

MAYS 2012-10-15 13:04:01 -0500 Report

A very good question, i hope that you like reading, as well as talking to your doctor!
Here are some links for you on the subject of diabetes and pregnancy.

Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or sugar, levels are too high. When you are pregnant, too much glucose is not good for your baby. Out of every 100 pregnant women in the United States, between three and eight get gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that happens for the first time when a woman is pregnant. Gestational diabetes goes away when you have your baby, but it does increase your risk for having diabetes later.

If you already have diabetes before you get pregnant, you need to monitor and control your blood sugar levels.

Either type of diabetes during pregnancy raises the risk of problems for the baby and the mother. To help reduce these risks, you should follow your meal plan, exercise, test your blood sugar and take your medicine.






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