Your baby and you are at risk if you have diabetes during pregnancy. It is important to keep your sugar level in check. Read on to find out how.
As you know, in diabetes, blood glucose levels are above normal. Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you can manage your blood glucose levels and lower the risk of health problems.
A baby’s brain, heart, kidneys, and lungs form during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. High blood glucose levels are especially harmful during this early part of pregnancy. Yet many women don’t realize they’re pregnant until 5 or 6 weeks after conception. Ideally, you will work with your health care provider to get your blood glucose under control before you get pregnant.
If you’re already pregnant, see your health care provider 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 baby’s health and your own.
The checklist below can help you make a plan for a safe and healthy pregnancy. More information on each topic then follows. Your health care team can help you with tasks that are difficult for you. Tackle one thing at a time to keep from being overwhelmed.
My Diabetes Care Plan for Pregnancy
Things I can do to get ready for a healthy pregnancy and continue to do during my pregnancy
My Health Care Team
My Blood Glucose Levels
My Ketone Levels
I’ll get the recommended checkups and laboratory tests for
If I smoke, I’ll quit.
My Meal Plan
My Physical Activity Routine
Changes in My Daily Routine
Before you get pregnant, talk with your health care team about your wish to have a baby. Your team can work with you to make sure your blood glucose levels are on target. If you have questions or worries, bring them up. If you’re already pregnant, see your doctor right away.
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