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Diabetes and Pregnancy

We now know the key to a healthy pregnancy for a woman with diabetes is keeping blood glucose (sugar) in the target range - both before she is pregnant and during her pregnancy. To do this, you need a diabetes treatment plan that keeps meals, exercise, and insulin in balance. This plan will change as you change with pregnancy. You will also need to check your blood glucose often and keep a record of your results. With your blood glucose in the target range and good medical care, your chances of a trouble-free pregnancy and a healthy baby are almost as good as they are for a woman without diabetes.

Our Perinatologists in the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Service will work with you, your Obstetrician and your Endocrinologist.

Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. Like other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects the way your body uses blood sugar (glucose) - your body's main source of fuel. As a result, your blood-sugar level is too high. If untreated or uncontrolled, gestational diabetes can result in a variety of health problems for you and your baby.

If you have gestational diabetes, our Perinatologists will work with you and your Obstetrician to devise a plan to keep your blood sugar levels within a normal range. The good news is that controlling your blood sugar can help ensure a healthy pregnancy for you and a healthy start for your baby.

Last Updated: 7/20/2009