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Diabetes & Its Impact on Conception

Diabetes & Its Impact on Conception

In the past, doctors discouraged women with diabetes from becoming pregnant. However, due to advances in medicine, it's now entirely possible to have a healthy pregnancy even with diabetes complications. If you do have diabetes, you are at an increased risk of having an extremely large birth weight baby, or having a baby with immature lung development. Keep in mind though, that these situations are becoming rarer as prenatal care improves. Most of the fertility and pregnancy problems associated with diabetes are due to poor care or blood sugar control.

If you or your partner has diabetes, you may have a reduced chance of conceiving. For women, diabetes can impact conception if blood sugar is not properly managed. For men, studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can damage the DNA in sperm, so genetic testing may be requested.

The first step before you conceive is to find health professionals who can help you manage your diabetes and upcoming pregnancy. It's recommended that women with diabetes who are trying to conceive should have a physician who specializes in diabetes pregnancies. Also, seeing a nutritionist who can assist you in making good food choices is advisable.

There are some ways you can improve your odds of conception if you do have diabetes. First, watch your diet closely. Not only do you have to follow a healthy conception diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low fat dairy and whole grains, but you also need to pay attention to your diabetes diet in the process. You need to have tight control on your insulin and blood sugar levels, which means more glucose monitoring than usual. Plan on testing your blood sugar at least five or six times a day. Speak to your doctor about how to properly follow a tight control regimen.

You need to be at a healthy weight to have the best chances of conceiving. If you are overweight or underweight, your odds of conceiving drop. Your period will probably be irregular, or you may skip it if you are severely underweight or exercise too much. It's important to be a healthy weight when you conceive, as you won't be able to diet or lose weight once you're pregnant. Start getting in shape now, whether that means gaining 10 pounds to be at a healthy weight, or walking a few days a week to lose excess pounds.


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