Pregnancy and Diabetes: Planning for Pregnancy
Talk to your doctor if you have Reference type 1 Opens New Window or Reference type 2 diabetes Opens New Window and are planning to get pregnant. To make sure that both you and your baby stay healthy, you may need to fine-tune your diabetes care before you get pregnant.
- If you have diabetes and want to get pregnant, the most important thing you can do is to get your blood sugar in Reference your target range. This can help prevent miscarriages and birth defects in your baby and can help keep you healthy.
- Check your blood sugar often, so you will know if your blood sugar is under control.
- Get regular exercise, and eat healthy foods. This can keep you at a healthy weight or help you lose weight, if you need to, before you get pregnant.
- Take Reference folic acid Opens New Window supplements before you get pregnant. This may help prevent Reference neural tube defects Opens New Window in the baby.
- If you take medicine, including Reference over-the-counter Opens New Window medicine, talk to your doctor to see if you need to stop or change it before you get pregnant.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about getting help to quit. Smoking can harm your baby and increases the chances that you will have problems from diabetes.
- Have your doctor check for problems from diabetes, such as eye or kidney disease. These problems can get worse during pregnancy.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism