With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to pay tribute to those mothers who deal with the challenges of diabetes themselves, who help take care of diabetic children, or who have to do both. Motherhood is a very daunting challenge all on it’s own. Adding the stress of diabetes on top of motherhood of course adds to the difficulty of the challenge. However, we see here on DC the evidence of how many moms are facing the challenge with courage, savvy, and—when needed—a sense of humor.
So here’s to you, the moms of Diabetic Connect. I hope you have a great Mother’s Day.
You may enjoy these interesting statistics about moms and diabetes:
- 5 out of every 1,000 US women ages 18 to 44 have diabetes
- 2–5% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes
- Doctors recommend diabetic women have an A1c of 6% to 7% before considering pregnancy
- Each year of breastfeeding reduces a mother’s risk of developing diabetes by 15%
- Well-controlled blood sugars dramatically reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and birth defects
- Mothers of diabetic children who are supportive and involved in their child’s diabetes care help prevent symptoms of depression in their children—and themselves
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