Pregnancy is full of challenges—and even more so if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
- Get sugar under control: When thinking of getting pregnant, you need to kick bad habits (like smoking), lose weight (if you’re overweight), and take prenatal vitamins. If you have diabetes another thing you need to add is getting your blood sugar under control.If your blood sugar levels are too high or too low, you may have a tough time when trying to conceive. Women with type 2 diabetes are particularly at risk for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can also make it difficult to get pregnant.
Be sure to get yourself tested for any such complications.
- Consider going off oral medications: Most doctors usually suggest that pregnant women with type 2 diabetes discontinue oral medication.This is because there is not enough evidence that diabetes pills, such as metformin, are safe to take during your pregnancy. While oral medications are convenient, insulin may be a better choice to help you keep a grip on your blood sugar before and during pregnancy. You have to take insulin if you are a type 1 diabetic. Hence it is advisable to talk to your doctor about whether your current insulin regimen will meet your needs during pregnancy.
- Maintain blood sugar control: The challenge of maintaining your blood sugar will continue throughout pregnancy.That means you need to get invested in a glucometer which will help you monitor and maintain a record of your sugar patterns.
- Have a quick-carbs stock ready: If you’re insulin dependent, you need to be ready to cope with hypoglycemia, a condition that occurs when the blood sugar in your body is too low. This is caused by taking too much insulin and not eating enough to match the insulin level in your body. You can keep glucose tablets handy post discussing with your healthcare provider.
- Get active: With you pregnancy, you will be asked to get active by the end of your second semester, if no complications.Invest in some light exercise on a regular basis.