Diabetes and Pregnancy
Use of Diabetes Drugs During Pregnancy
If you take insulin to control your diabetes, your health care provider can tell you how to adjust your medication. Generally, your body will require more insulin during pregnancy, especially during the last three months.
If you take oral medications to control your diabetes, your health care provider may switch your medication to insulin during pregnancy, because the safety of using certain oral medications may not be known and/or better sugar control may be achieved with insulin.
Diabetes and Pregnancy Diet
During pregnancy, you and your health care provider should work together to adjust your diet. Changing your diabetes diet will help you avoid problems with low and high blood sugar levels. Your meal plan will also be adjusted to include more calories for your growing baby.
Diabetes and Pregnancy: Will I Be Able to Carry My Baby to Term?
Women with mild diabetes or who are very well controlled often carry their baby to term without any problems. However, many health care providers prefer to plan for an early delivery, usually around weeks 38-39.
Diabetes and Pregnancy, Controlling Blood Sugar During Labor and Delivery
Blood sugar control remains important even during labor, which can be a stressful time for the mother and the baby. If you have been taking insulin during your pregnancy, you may be given insulin by injection or intravenously when labor begins. Insulin requirements often drop rapidly immediately after delivery.