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It is generally considered safe for pregnant women to use NovoLog (insulin aspart). Pregnancy problems are not likely to occur as a result of taking this drug, as preliminary studies suggest that the medication is as safe as regular human insulin. If you are using NovoLog and pregnancy occurs, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any potential risks.
NovoLog® (insulin aspart) is a prescription diabetes medication used to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is a rapid-acting form of insulin, usually used to control blood sugar after meals. Animal studies suggest that NovoLog is safe for use in pregnant women.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
Animal studies suggest that NovoLog is safe for use during pregnancy. However, the drug has not been adequately studied in pregnant women, although some preliminary studies have been conducted (and which suggest that NovoLog is as safe as regular human insulin). Although it was thought that insulins do not cross the placenta, it is now known that some insulins, in some circumstances, may cross the placenta.
If you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant while taking NovoLog, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider the benefits and risks of taking the drug during pregnancy before making a recommendation in your particular situation. If you are already taking NovoLog and plan to continue taking it during pregnancy, you should be aware that pregnancy usually affects your insulin requirements.
Both high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can be dangerous to the fetus during pregnancy. Therefore, very good blood sugar control is essential for a healthy pregnancy. Be sure to seek early prenatal care; as a pregnant woman with diabetes, you will likely require more care than the average pregnant woman.