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Baby Bump, Baby Shower, Blood Sugar

When you are pregnant, your health is extremely important. When you have diabetes and you are pregnant, your health and keeping your blood sugar under control are crucial.

This informational campaign comes to you in partnership with the Stark County Community Action Agency.

There are a number of complications that can arise when blood sugar levels are not well controlled in pregnant women. These issues include birth defects or an extra-large baby, which may lead to a cesarean section. High blood pressure (preeclampsia) and early preterm birth are also known risks of uncontrolled diabetes. Additionally, women have a higher chance of miscarriage or stillbirth with uncontrolled diabetes.

What Can I Do?

According to the CDC women with diabetes who are planning to become or are pregnant should:

  1. Plan your pregnancy and keep your doctor in the loop while you are trying to conceive.
  2. Continue to see your doctor often- and early on in the pregnancy.
  3. Eat well.
  4. Exercise.
  5. Take your insulin and any other medications as directed.
  6. Keep your blood sugar under control and treat low blood sugar levels quickly.
  7. Monitor your blood sugar more often than you did before pregnancy.

Many women who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Staying on top of your health and working closely with a trusted medical expert is the key to a safe pregnancy, delivery, and infant.

The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services.

Audrey Mattevi

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