How to plan your pregnancy if you have diabetes?

1. Get Ready: The first thing you should do is Go for Pre-Conception Counseling.

Your doctor will find out if your diabetes is well controlled.

Because only a healthy mother can have the best outcomes

2. Blood sugar control: Good control decreases your risk of diabetes-related complications and miscarriages.

The high sugar level in early pregnancy (before 13 weeks) can cause birth defects in the baby.

Keeping blood glucose levels within the ideal range:
• 70 to 100 mg/dL before meals
• Less than 140 mg/dL 2 hours after eating.

Till the sugars are controlled, Avoid the pregnancy by using the adequate contraceptive safe in diabetics.

3. Adjust your diabetes medications: If you use insulin to control your diabetes then your doctor will tell you how to adjust your dose according to pregnancy demands and stages to reduce the risk of complications associated with it.

4. Diet: What you eat and how you eat is a major contributor when it comes to Diabetes and pregnancy. Having a diet plan always helps to avoid problems of high blood sugar.

You’ll also need to adjust calories for your growing baby. Your doctor or diabetes educator can help you figure out how to do that safely.

By managing Diabetes properly anyone can have a safe pregnancy journey and also the best outcomes for the baby. So don’t be scared of Diabetes.

Dr. Jyotsna is one of the few doctors specifically trained in Fetal Medicine & founder of ‘Promise Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine Centre’ which is known for managing complicated pregnancies, fetal invasive procedure, and Expert genetic counseling.