Important Do's And Dont's For Diabetic Pregnant Women

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    Being diabetic is not easy when you are pregnant. A pregnancy where the expecting mom is diabetic is termed as a high-risk pregnancy. Fortunately, in no way does this mean that you won’t have a healthy baby. It simply means that you need to watch out for more things than regular non Diabetic pregnant women.

    Regardless of whether you have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is important that you understand a few do’s and don’ts. They will ensure that your pregnancy goes smoothly and that you give birth to a healthy baby.

    Being diabetic is not a cause for alarm. You don’t need to worry about a million and one things. In fact, the ensuing stress of doing so will prove problematic for both you and your baby.

    Millions of diabetic women become pregnant and give birth to healthy babies without causing problems for the mom. All you need to do is keep a few things in mind and you will be fine. In other words, simply follow the do’s and don’ts outlined for pregnant diabetic women below and I promise you will have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

    The Do’s for Diabetic Pregnant Women

    1. Talk to a Gynecologist, Obstetrician or Perinatologist

    Talking to a gynecologist or an obstetrician is the obvious choice for pregnant women. In fact, it is the smart choice. However, when you have diabetes, it is an even better idea to talk to a perinatologist.

    Talk to a Gynecologist, Obstetrician or Perinatologist

    Perinatologists are your normal gynecologists and/or obstetricians who have completed further training, specializing in high-risk pregnancies. This also includes diabetic pregnancies.

    2. Eat in Moderation

    Although this really does go without saying, as a diabetic, it is even more crucial to eat in moderation. As a diabetic, you need to maintain your blood glucose level all day long. If your blood glucose level drops or increases too much, it could prove harmful for you. However, when you are pregnant, it could harm your baby too.

    Your baby’s only supply of glucose comes directly from your own supply. If you do not have enough glucose to spare, your baby will not be able to grow properly.

    If you have a high blood glucose level, you can experience a varied number of problems. However, your child can experience more, with the biggest problem being obesity. A high blood glucose level increases the risk of bearing an obese child. This can prove highly problematic for many women during labor.

    3. Exercise

    One of the biggest mistakes that most pregnant women make is avoiding exercise. Not only does this lead to a higher postpartum weight, it could also result in an obese baby. During a diabetic pregnancy, not exercising is the worst thing you can do.

    The only 2 ways to really keep your blood sugar levels down is by either exercise or insulin. Considering the
    many advantages that exercise has, it makes sense to choose it over the injections.

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