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Pregnancy And Diabetes – The Dangers Of High Blood Sugar

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There is no reason at all why a diabetic mother-to-be cannot enjoy a normal, full term pregnancy.

However, as a diabetic, either type 1 or type 2, the disease does add complications during pregnancy, placing extra responsibility on the potential parents, particularly the mother.

Even for the non diabetic, gestational diabetes, occuring in the latter stages of pregnancy, is a risk for every mother, which again can cause unexpected stress and anxiety.

Unlike type 1 and 2 diabetics who already know and understand their disease and what is involved as regards treatment, gestational diabetes comes with no warning and the mother has a whole new set of rules to abide by, including injecting themselves with insulin, and monitoring their blood sugar levels.

Left untreated, there are huge health risks to the unborn child when it comes to high blood sugar levels in the mother.

Where the prospective mother is already diabetic, it is important that she consults with her medical team before she concieves, so that her medication can be revised. This is because oral diabetic medication can damage a foetus, and she will need to change over to insulin.

The dangers to the foetus of high blood sugar levels in the mother, are risks of miscarriage and abnormalities. Any abnormalities will be apparent after 5-9 weeks of the pregnancy, which means that they can occur so early that the mother doesn’t yet know she is in fact pregnant.

In the second half of the pregancy, blood sugar levels that are too high can cause “macrosomia”. This is a condition that affects the unborn child, in that the high level of sugar in the mother’s bloodstream causes some of this excess sugar to transfer into the baby. The baby’s pancreas is then triggered to start producing insulin. Because the baby has no need of the extra sugars, the insulin causes these same sugars to be stored as fat, typically in the arms, legs and abdomen.

Macrosomia means that the baby gains wieght and size more quickly than normal, that often results in the necessity of an early delivery and a premature birth.

During the pregnancy, some small degree of exercise is a good idea; nothing strenuous, gentle walks for example will benefit mother and child alike. If the mother is a smoker she should give serious condition to giving up, as there are serious potential health problems for the child, not least of which is the increased possibility of the child developing diabetes in later life.

Toby has been diagnosed type 2 diabetic for a number of years now. To try and relieve his hypertension he likes to restore machinery, restoring old used air compressors. He has put up a website about used air compressors, where you can find useful information on this subject.

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