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Pregnancy and Type 2 Diabetes


All women with diabetes -- and especially those who develop hypertension -- need to be closely monitored for the development of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder often diagnosed by a new onset of high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Preeclampsia affects 3 percent to 15 percent of pregnant women with type 2 diabetes. It can cause preterm birth and low birth weight, and can lead to admission to the neonatal intensive care unit. Treatment of preeclampsia is based on the stage of pregnancy and if there is any risk to the baby or the mother. If this condition occurs toward the end of the pregnancy, treatment might involve delivering the baby.

Enjoying Pregnancy With Type 2 Diabetes

Try not to let the worry of controlling your blood sugar run your life and ruin the joy of your pregnancy. Make sure to find a doctor you can trust, and then do your best to trust your doctor to take good care of you. Yes, you should be informed and should speak up if you have questions or concerns, but endlessly researching gloomy statistics about diabetes during pregnancy on the Internet or automatically second-guessing every decision your doctor makes will just fill you with worry and anxiety.
You may find it helpful to link up with other women dealing with diabetes during pregnancy, either in real life or through Internet support groups. Diabetes during pregnancy is probably more common than you think, especially if you include women with type 1 diabetes or gestational diabetes.
Above all, remember the chances are great that you will have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, despite having type 2 diabetes. Do your best to keep your blood sugar in a healthy range, and enjoy this exciting time in your life. Before you know it, you'll be looking for information about breastfeeding and type 2 diabetes!
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