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When should you see a diabetologist or endocrinologist while pregnant?

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If you already have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or you developed gestational diabetes since getting pregnant, a specialist in diabetes care can help you keep your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. This can lower your risk of developing long-term complications, such as:

It also helps lower your babies' risk of:

  • Vision problems
  • Heart disease
  • kidney damage
  • Being born early
  • Weighing too much or too little
  • Having birth defects or other health problems at birth

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Pregnancy.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “What Is a Neonatologist?” Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine: “What Is Maternal-Fetal Medicine?”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy.”

American Dental Association: “Oral Health During Pregnancy,”  “Pregnancy.”

American Optometric Association: “Dry Eye.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Managing Gestational Diabetes.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “For Women with Diabetes: Your Guide to Pregnancy.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health: “Depression During and After Pregnancy Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 04, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Pregnancy.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “What Is a Neonatologist?” Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine: “What Is Maternal-Fetal Medicine?”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy.”

American Dental Association: “Oral Health During Pregnancy,”  “Pregnancy.”

American Optometric Association: “Dry Eye.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Managing Gestational Diabetes.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “For Women with Diabetes: Your Guide to Pregnancy.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health: “Depression During and After Pregnancy Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 04, 2016

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