How to Manage Diabetes During Pregnancy
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How to Manage Diabetes During Pregnancy

Every woman undergoes imbalances during pregnancy. Managing your diabetes and sugar levels during pregnancy is very important to save your baby.

All women in this earth want to go through the pregnancy phase at least once in their lifetime, however rough and painful the process could be. Women undergo severe changes not only physically, but also emotionally because of the hormonal changes their body undergoes during pregnancy. Diabetes has a strong connection with pregnancy, it has an impact from the onset of pregnancy until delivery, at times, even after the delivery.

Types of Diabetes:

Diabetes is the condition caused by the increasing glucose or sugar level in the blood. There are two types of diabetes that affect men, women and even children nowadays. Type I diabetes is the condition that occurs since the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin to keep up the energy level. This condition is managed by having daily shots of insulin.

Type II diabetes is a condition that occurs when body doesn’t produce enough insulin. Type II diabetes can be controlled by having regular diet and following proper exercises as advised by the specialists. People with diabetes are prone to high blood pressure, kidney diseases and cardiovascular problems.

Diabetes Before Pregnancy:

Diabetes can cause problems getting pregnant too. If you are diabetic and pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you need to have a plan well ahead to tackle with diabetes during pregnancy. You should have a chart to measure the daily sugar intake your body absorbs in form of food, insulin and drinks. This will help to keep the sugar level as close to normal. Plan varies for women to women depending on how their sugar level are before and during pregnancy.

Since pregnancy causes many changes to your body, it is essential for you to talk to your physician to have a right plan to control your sugar level. I don’t want to elaborate and scare you by writing in what way diabetes can harm your baby. The fact is that too much sugar or glucose level can harm the normal growth of the baby and its organs.

Gestational Diabetes:

Gestational diabetes, famously known as GDM, occurs only to women who are pregnant. Most of the times, it goes away after delivering the baby. Unfortunately the impact on the baby due to gestational diabetes is the same as normal diabetes. This is why gynecologists prefer checking your blood sugar level at the onset of pregnancy and during the entire cycle. Blood samples are collected before and after taking a meal or drinking liquids that are high in sugar.

If your blood sugar level post meal (an hour after having a sugar intake in form of food or drink) is normal, you can walk out of the clinic happily. If the blood sugar level is high, you need to fix an appointment with your doctor immediately to discuss your diet and daily sugar intake levels. Following the diet and physical exercises advised by doctors will help naturally to fight with your gestational diabetes.

Important Steps To Follow While Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy:

Just follow the few easy to do steps while managing diabetes during pregnancy.

1.Have a clear understanding of your blood levels and how they are controlled

2.Keep a regular pattern of diet and exercise

3.Understand the specific, scientific reasons beneath your mood swings and emotional changes

4.Do not be worried if you hear or read scary stories, side effects of diabetes during pregnancy that are harmful to your baby. Instead talk to your doctor and understand how the baby is developing inside your womb

5.Take your tests regularly and follow the instructions as advised by your doctors

Keep smiling and have a positive approach towards changes in life. If you cannot avoid the scary thoughts, sit back,relax and try to imagine about a moment you see your baby for the first time after delivery. Most of the times, when we don’t have any control on certain emotions or mood swings, imagining a positive future will help a lot to keep up the spirits. One thing is for sure, you will forget all these worries or scary thoughts the minute you get to hold your baby. Have a Happy Pregnancy!

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Comments (3)
Roopa Sampath Kumar

Very neat and precise.. Informative enough to sense the need for pregnant women and aspirants as well..

well researched

atula shirur

excellent piece of info suba! also i would say it might help if women with type 2 diabetes who want to be pregnant have normal sugar levels atleast 3 months before conceiving!