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Can a person with diabetes get pregnant? – Portal Diabetes and You

    Can a person with diabetes get pregnant? - Portal Diabetes and You

    If you came to this post, you must be looking for the answer to the question: can a person with diabetes get pregnant? The answer is YES, with careful management and a doctor’s supervision, a patient can have a healthy pregnancy even with diabetes.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, that is, a person with diabetes can and should be healthy.

    When we talk about diabetes and pregnancy, we find ourselves with 2 different situations:

    • Women who have developed gestational diabetes (first diagnosed during pregnancy).
    • Women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes diagnosed before pregnancy.

    What you will learn in this article applies to both.

    How does diabetes affect babies during pregnancy?

    Having a child is a big decision in anyone’s life, especially if you are a woman with diabetes. By planning ahead, you can really improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

    Strict control of glucose levels is essential, since excess glucose in the mother’s blood crosses the placental barrier and reaches the baby. With this, the baby’s pancreas increases the production of insulin, which can lead to many complications.

    Risks for the baby:

    • Premature birth;
    • Spontaneous abortion;
    • Macrosomia (very large baby, more than 4 kg);
    • Low blood glucose level at birth (hypoglycemia);
    • prolonged jaundice (yellowing of the baby’s skin and eyes);
    • Respiratory distress syndrome (difficulty breathing).
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    Risks for the mother:

    • Worsening of eye problems (diabetic retinopathy);
    • Worsening of kidney problems (diabetic nephropathy);
    • Urinary and vaginal infections;
    • Pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure usually with protein in the urine);
    • Difficult delivery or caesarean section.

    To minimize the risks of complications, in addition to good planning, the support of a specialized health team is necessary, which must be made up of professionals such as: endocrinologist, high-risk obstetrician and nutritionist.

    People with diabetes can get pregnant: 5 tips to stay healthy

    Getting pregnant with diabetes is not an easy task, it requires a lot of work and dedication on the part of the mother.

    The key to managing diabetes during pregnancy is to achieve normal blood glucose levels 6 months before conception and maintain these levels for the next 9 months.

    Find out now the guidelines that diabetic pregnant women should follow, for a healthy pregnancy and without surprises:

    • Glycosylated hemoglobin: Elevated glucose levels over time may be associated with malformations of the baby and/or miscarriages. Keeping blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible is essential to avoid complications.
      Talk to your doctor and agree with him what should be the values ​​of glycosylated hemoglobin (A1c) that you should have as a goal to pursue.
      If the values ​​were extremely high in the months before conception, a frank discussion with the doctor about what impact these levels may have had on the developing baby is necessary.
    • Blood glucose self-monitoring: Having diabetes and being pregnant means checking your blood sugar more often throughout the day. Close monitoring of glucose levels is essential to keep these levels as close as possible to normal values ​​and thus maintain a glycated hemoglobin below 6.5% during pregnancy.
    • Keep track of your blood glucose results: Record your glucose measurements with the date and time they were taken, also record what was eaten at meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The need for insulin increases a lot during pregnancy, so also note the number of units administered at one time in your report. Your doctor may use this data to make adjustments to your treatment.
    • Talk to your doctor about motion sickness: Nausea and vomiting are normal during pregnancy, but when we talk about women with a previous diagnosis of diabetes, this nausea can be dangerous. When eating and applying the dose of insulin and shortly after throwing the food, through vomiting, there is the possibility of having a severe hypoglycemic crisis.
      Talk to your doctor, as they may prescribe medication for nausea and motion sickness. In the event of a hypoglycemic crisis, always have foods rich in fast-absorbing carbohydrates nearby.
    • Maintain or start a physical activity plan: Exercise is essential for the good health of mother and baby. Check with your doctor what physical activities you can do. Physical activity helps maintain blood glucose by increasing glucose uptake by the muscles and increasing the sensitivity of cells to insulin.
    • And remember: A healthy pregnancy is synonymous with a healthy baby!
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    Find out how diabetes may be interfering with the quality of your sex life and find solutions to your problems.

    Answer the following questions:

    – Does sexual activity matter in your life?
    – Do you have diabetes and have difficulty in your sexual life?
    – Do you feel pain during sexual intercourse?
    – Do you have diabetes and want to get pregnant?
    – Or do you want to take a break but don’t know what method of contraception to use?
    – Are you in menopause and have diabetes?
    – Do you want to know if diabetes can cause infertility?

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