How to Manage Your Diabetes During Pregnancy

Posted On: November 15, 2019 By Simi Gupta, MD

If you have diabetes and want to get pregnant, it’s important to know that diabetes doesn’t need to stop you from having a healthy pregnancy. Additionally, some women develop diabetes during pregnancy and still enjoy a happy and healthy birth. The best outcome is all about managing your diabetes properly with the right steps, so here are some important ones to implement with the help of your obstetrician.

Plan ahead

If you have diabetes and are planning on becoming pregnant in the future, then meeting with the right maternal fetal medicine specialist is a great way to know what to expect during pregnancy. Your obstetrician can ensure you know what steps to take to remain healthy and risk-averse with the right lifestyle changes even before you conceive. Once you’ve established a good relationship with your obstetrician, they can guide you through the process with special attention to your diabetes and health habits.

Eat the right things

Your diet will be extremely important once you start eating for two— especially when it comes to managing your blood sugar levels. Your obstetrician and nutritionist can help create the right meal plans for you so that you and your child remain healthy. If you didn’t have diabetes before you became pregnant, it can be a major lifestyle adjustment so getting the right support can be crucial.

Exercise regularly

Exercising is an excellent way to manage your blood sugar level. However, you may not able to exercise like you normally do— your obstetrician can recommend the right activities for you and your pregnancy stage. As a general rule, you should aim for at least thirty minutes of moderate activity each day.

Manage blood sugar

If you’re taking insulin or other medications for diabetes, it’s extremely important to take these according to your obstetrician’s instructions. This can help keep your blood sugar under control and avoid negatively affecting your baby.

Check your blood sugar regularly

During pregnancy, when your body needs extra energy, your blood sugar levels can change very quickly. This means it’s important to check your levels often so you can take the right steps. Your obstetrician can ensure you understand the best changes to make to your diet, exercise regimen, and insulin use based on your results at any given time.

Schedule an Appointment

One of the best steps you can take is meeting with our award-winning team and learning more about protecting the health of you and your child if you have diabetes. To get started, we invite you to contact our New York City office by calling or filling out our online form.

Carnegie Imaging for Women blogs are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace certified professional care. Medical conditions vary and change frequently. Please ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding your condition to receive a proper diagnosis or risk analysis. Thank you!

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