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How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy When You’re Diabetic

A very common problem for pregnant diabetic women is ensuring the health of their unborn baby. It is a danger when your baby is born with a large body and this condition is referred to as ‘macrosomia’. It occurs when the blood of the mother intermingles with the baby’s blood inside the womb. When this happens the baby produces lots of insulin in order to process the glucose in the blood, leading to fatty deposits. This is what makes the baby larger in size than those produced by non-diabetic mothers.

Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Baby

It is important that you maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy. Of course you are going to put on weight, but you must do it properly and not pile on too much as it will do you and your baby harm. You should not neglect your nutrition either at this time and must make concerted efforts to ingest more vitamins than you normally would for your baby to get the benefits. Take a multi vitamin as well as folic acid. Eating a varied diet from lots of the different food groups will make you feel much better and maintain your health throughout your pregnancy. Don’t neglect the amount of fluid you take either; dehydration is not good for you and your baby. Try to limit the amount of fatty food that you eat too, it is tempting to pig out on comfort food and it should be part of your diet; just try to keep it under control.

Tips For Pregnant Women With Diabetes

1. When diabetic women are pregnant it is more important than ever that they pay attention to their diet and their eating patterns. Monitoring your blood glucose levels is essential during pregnancy to ensure that both mother and baby are getting all of the key nutrients that they need. Do not blindly come up with your own eating plan however; seek the help of a professional dietician or diabetes expert, as they will know what they are doing. Pay special attention to the amount of calories, carbohydrates and protein that you are getting as these are all instrumental in maintaining blood glucose levels.

2. Please make sure that you continue to monitor your blood glucose levels closely. With pregnancy your levels could be a bit more sporadic, so you have to take extra care of yourself. Take your glucose levels more frequently than before. Ideally your SMBG should be taken from 4 to 10 times each day.

3. Now that you are monitoring your blood glucose levels more regularly, you will need to know how to adjust your insulin injections according to the results. Too much insulin could be very dangerous for you, so make sure that you talk every scenario over with a professional or have someone on hand for advice. An adequate supply of insulin is obligatory for pregnant women, so it is important that each woman knows how to inject it correctly by herself. Your babyƐs supply of insulin has to be stable so do your research and get all of the info necessary at the start of your pregnancy.

4. If you are a pregnant diabetic you are more prone to hypoglycemia because of the hormonal changes in your body. Therefore you will also need to know how to treat this condition. Although studies have shown that it does not have a damaging impact on the fetus, it is best to deal with the problem as soon as you can. This will lessen problems for the mother during her pregnancy.

5. Exercise should not be abandoned when you become pregnant, as it is very beneficial for you and your baby. It will also help you with the birth and make you more able to cope with the after effects of labor. Exercise also reduces the risk of hypoglycemia and becoming overweight for diabetic women. Of course you will not be undertaking jogging or high impact workouts, you have to think of your safety. There is nothing better than a swim, walk or yoga for you and the baby as it improves circulation and your general mood too.

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