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Diabetics Can Have Healthy Babies

Pregnancy News Flash
-- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian

During pregnancy, diabetes can cause serious, even life-threatening problems for moms-to-be and their babies. But in a recent survey, only about one-third of women with insulin-dependent (Type I) diabetes said they monitored their blood sugar levels daily around the time of conception.

Good glucose control before conception and throughout the pregnancy is a crucial step in helping to prevent complications such as stillbirths, infant deaths, and birth defects. Researchers noted that pregnant women with diabetes who maintained good glycemic control had significantly fewer pregnancy and infant complications with adverse outcomes.

BabyFit Tip: If you have diabetes, both daily self-monitoring and good glycemic control are critical for an uncomplicated pregnancy and a healthy baby. It's equally important to work closely with your physician and/or dietitian before and throughout your pregnancy. With appropriate education and health care services, diabetics can have healthy babies too!

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Member Comments About this Article
"I'm hoping the '78 months' was a typo.
"I was a gestational diabetic, diagnosed at 24w and controlled with insulin at 25w. I maintained excellent control of my blood sugars throughout my pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby girl that weighed 6lbs, 8oz at 38w gestation. After delivery, her blood sugar was 86 -- not hypoglycemic at all. So take heart, it CAN be done! Gestational diabetics, watch your blood sugars and control with diet, exercise and medication if you need to and be sure to work closely with your doctors and your dieti..." -- LILEMPRESSMOMMY
"I am a type 1 diabetic on insulin.. I just had my baby girl December 6th/2006....She was four weeks early and was 7lbs!! Perfect in every way...The only things that we had to deal with was a low blood suger at birth (which was fixed right away) and she was jaundice (was under the bili lights 2.5 days)...I had to have a c-section..But Kayla was just perfect..So YES diabetics can have healthy babies, I totally agree...Kayla is now almost nine months and is going like you would not believe!!" -- KAYLAKINS
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About The Author
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. She teaches prenatal classes and counsels individuals, helping women eat right and stay fit before, during and after their pregnancies.
Becky Hand


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