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Diabetes and Pregnancy

Women with diabetes can have healthy babies, but it takes planning ahead and effort. Pregnancy can make both high and low blood glucose levels happen more often. It can make diabetic eye disease and diabetic kidney disease worse. High glucose levels during pregnancy are dangerous for the baby, too. For a good summary, read Pregnancy, Diabetes, and Women's Health".

About seven out of every 100 pregnant women in the United States get gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that happens for the first time when a woman is pregnant. It goes away after you have your baby, but it does increase your risk for having diabetes later. Once you are diagnosed as having gestational diabetes, you and your health care providers will want to know more about your day-to-day blood sugar levels (Read: Glucose Monitoring and Gestational Diabetes).

If you have diabetes and want to get pregnant, the best time to control your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is before you get pregnant. High blood glucose levels can be harmful to your baby during the first weeks of pregnancy - even before you know you are pregnant. We suggest you read: Becoming Pregnant When You Have Diabetes.

If you are already pregnant, see your doctor as soon as possible to make a plan for taking care of yourself and your baby. Even if you learn you're pregnant later in your pregnancy, you can still do a lot for your health and your baby's health.

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Diabetes and Pregnancy
Newswire: October 22, 2014

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New Blood Test Assesses Gestational Diabetes Risk Early in Pregnancy

African-American Women with Gestational Diabetes Face High Long-Term Diabetes Risk

Study Finds Clue to Birth Defects in Babies of Diabetic Mothers

High-Fat Diet During Pregnancy Programs Children for Diabetes

Metabolic Status Before Pregnancy Predicts Subsequent Gestational Diabetes

Twice as Many Women to be Diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes

Chinese-American and Korean-American Women at Highest Risk for Diabetes in Pregnancy

The Stockholm Pregnant and Women's Nutrition (SPAWN) study is a follow-up study that has followed about 500 Swedish women through pregnancy and for more than a decade post-partum.
Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects women in all life stages. It is also unique to women because it can impact on the health of both a mother and her unborn children. This article examines the challenges and risks of diabetes in each stage of a woman's life.
Women with diabetes can have healthy babies, but it takes planning ahead and effort. Pregnancy can make both high and low blood glucose levels happen more often. It can make diabetic eye disease and diabetic kidney disease worse. High glucose levels during pregnancy are dangerous for the baby, too.
Smoking rates are going down among Americans. However, the smoking rates among women are going down more slowly than among men. In fact, among high school seniors, teenage girls now smoke as much or more as teenage boys.
Approximately 3 to 5 percent of all pregnant women in the United States are diagnosed as having gestational diabetes. These women and their families have many questions about this disorder. Some of the most frequently asked questions are: What is gestational diabetes and how did I get it?
A nutritionally balanced diet is always essential to maintaining a healthy mother and successful pregnancy. For a woman with gestational diabetes proper diet alone often keeps blood sugar levels in the normal range and is generally the first step to follow before resorting to insulin injections.
Women with diabetes can have healthy babies, but it takes planning ahead and effort. Pregnancy can make both high and low blood glucose levels happen more often. It can make diabetic eye disease and diabetic kidney disease worse. High glucose levels during pregnancy are dangerous for the baby, too.
A daily exercise program is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Daily exercise helps you feel better and reduces stress. In addition, being physically fit protects against back pain, and maintains muscle tone, strength, and endurance. For women with gestational diabetes, exercise is especially important.

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