Does Being a Diabetic Affect my Chances to Conceive?

Does Being a Diabetic Affect my Chances to Conceive?

Millions suffer from diabetes today. Type II is more common and it comes with numerous side effects that you have to endure. One of the side effects is that on the ability to conceive. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

High glucose levels cause difficulties

Thus, if you are facing problems getting pregnant, it may be because you are diabetic. You should have your blood glucose levels tested just to be sure. In most cases, diabetes does not cause infertility but it can cause problems when it comes to sustaining the pregnancy. Your egg will fertilize but the problem will be that the fertilized embryo will not be able to implant in your uterus. Thus, you won’t be able to get pregnant. Miscarriage occurs in these cases before you can even find out that you are pregnant. This is because the higher levels of glucose in the body. Even if implantation does occur, birth defect risks are high and it is most likely that the baby will be delivered through C-section. This increases infection chances in the mother. Also, diabetes may cause more problems to the baby and the mother during pregnancy.

Keep your diabetes under control

However, if you are keeping your diabetes under control using medications, or through exercise and diet, you should be able to conceive normally. If you take good care of yourself it is not likely that diabetes will affect your chances of getting pregnant. You should be very careful and ensure that your diabetes levels are in check at least from four to six months before trying. You should plan your pregnancy very carefully too. Before trying to conceive you should keep your weight in check. You should not be obese because if you are, controlling your blood sugar levels can be very difficult. Also, you should ensure that your A1C levels don’t exceed 6.5. Only when you are sure about all these factors should you attempt getting pregnant for your own welfare and your child’s.

High birth defect risks

As aforementioned, birth defect risks are aplenty in women who have diabetes. The reason behind this is the high blood glucose and ketone levels. You should pay special attention during the first six weeks of your pregnancy because this is a critical time period for your baby. In the first six weeks, the baby starts to develop organs and you should be healthy with your diabetes in check if you want the organs to develop well. This can be difficult because generally speaking, you won’t even know about your pregnancy until after three to four weeks. Thus, if you are planning your pregnancy you should be on the lookout to ensure that you don’t miss out on the initial stages that are actually the most crucial. Keeping your blood glucose levels in check and making sure they are not too high at all times can be helpful.

You need a strong medical team

In order to get pregnant and to deliver the baby successfully with no birth defects, you will need a strong medical team. The medical team should consist of a doctor who has had her share of diabetic pregnant patients and an obstetrician who is skilled in handling high-risk pregnancies, preferably pregnancies with diabetic problems. You also need a pediatrician who will treat your problems related to babies. Alongside, having a dietician will help you a lot because she will help you plan your meals to keep your diabetes under control.

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Lindsey Zaldivar
Lindsey Zaldivar | ConceiveEasy
Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.