No matter how prepared you are, finding out you’re pregnant can be as overwhelming as it is joyful. Having diabetes, whether its type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, adds complexity to having a baby but it doesn’t have to mean a less than healthy pregnancy.
To help women with diabetes who are expecting or thinking about starting a family, we recently released Diabetes and Pregnancy. Edited by maternal and fetal health expert David A. Sacks, MD, this new book is your need-to-know guide covering everything from how to ready your body for a healthy pregnancy to which foods are best for you and your bundle of joy.
For mothers with types 1 and 2, it’s all about preparation. One of the most important steps is ensuring your blood glucose is in good control as this can help reduce your risk of developing complications during pregnancy. If you currently have diabetes and are thinking about pregnancy, talk with your doctor to make a plan so you and your baby-to-be get the best care.
For mothers who develop gestational diabetes, which affects approximately 18% of pregnant women, Diabetes and Pregnancy includes information that will help you manage this often-unexpected condition. Look for tips about weight management during pregnancy, ideas for safe exercise and a rundown on the tests you’ll need to keep you and your baby healthy.
As always, we are here to help. We hope you find this new resource useful for making pregnancy as joyful and stress-free as possible. Check out our online bookstore for ordering information and to learn more.
In the meantime, what’s the best advice you’ve heard about managing diabetes during pregnancy?