Pregnancy and Diabetes
Desire to become pregnant and give birth to a child is very joyous period any women faces in her life. But diabetes may spoil your pleasure and happiness of being pregnant and giving birth to a child.
When your pancreas can’t produce insulin, or produces insufficient insulin you are said to be diabetic. A diabetic has to face a lot of problems such as nerve damage, blindness, kidney failure etc. But if you are a diabetic and pregnant women, complications can be very serious and even fatal for you and your unborn child if you don’t take proper care of your sugar level.
You must take prenatal because it contains folic acid which your body needs the most during pregnancy.
Monitor your blood sugar regularly. Now-a-days there are different blood sugar testing machines in the market which are handy, economical and convenient to use at home. Thus you can always keep an eye on your blood sugar level.
Eating right diet during pregnancy is very essential if you are diabetic. You should eat whole grains, green vegetables and drink juice of bitter-gourd and bottle gourd. Fiber too helps a lot in lowering the blood sugar level in your system.
If you maintain good blood sugar in your body then the risk of miscarriage minimizes. Also to avoid preterm birth or to reduce any kind of birth defects, you need to control your blood sugar.
Exercise for diabetes
Excess blood sugar in your blood can cause you placenta due to which your unborn child’s pancreas produces extra insulin which may result in growing the size of your child abnormally which can cause complications during the delivery. Therefore don’t let your sugar level rise and walk 10-15 minutes everyday after meals and exercise moderately for half an hour once or twice a day. Seeking physiotherapist’s guidance can be very helpful.
Make sure that you don’t skip any medicines during your pregnancy. In many cases your doctor may switch to insulin injections instead of oral medicines.
Since medical science has progressed greatly, you don’t have to worry about giving birth to a child even if you are a diabetic. Follow the instructions given by your doctors and they will take care of safe delivery of your child. It is wise to consult an obstetrician during pregnancy so that he can monitor your health till the delivery of your child.