Managing Diabetes During PregnancyFriday, November 8, 2013 - 13:07
The goal in treating diabetes is to keep blood sugar levels as normal as possible. That usually involves:
- Daily blood glucose monitoring
- Taking insulin
- Following a special diet
- Following an exercise program
It's normal to feel stressed during pregnancy. Diabetes creates additional stresses. You have to see your doctor more often than women without diabetes, follow a special diet, and monitor your blood sugar several times per day. Here are some strategies for coping.
- Listen to your body.
- Learn to ask for help.
- Enlist the support of family, friends, or other women facing the same concerns.
- Make time for regular exercise.
- Keep your sense of humor.
- Take good care of yourself.
- Learn a relaxation or meditation technique.
- Be positive.
During your pregnancy, contact your doctor if you have:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Sharp back pain
- Burning or painful urination
- An infection
- Dizziness or fainting
- Rapid weight gain
- Swelling in the hands, face or feet
- Severe nausea with high blood sugar
- A decrease in your baby's movement
Nice To Know:
Your prenatal team
Keeping diabetes under control takes teamwork. Besides your obstetrician, here are some other specialists who can help: