From Moscow, Russia:
I've just read a book for doctors about pregnancy and diabetes which has made me very frightened now. They say, in 100% of pregnancies in which women have type 1 diabetes, there are abnormalities with placental development, and the risk for all women with type 1 and their children is very high, even when our blood sugar readings are well controlled before and throughout the pregnancy. I know much more now, and I am afraid of conceiving much more than ever. Is it better for women with type 1 diabetes to never have children?
The risk for abnormalities in babies of mothers with typeá1 diabetes is increased, but is not 100%. Even with a hemoglobin A1c greater than 10%, the incidence of fetal abnormalities was about 25%. The risk increases with the degree of poor glucose control.
You can minimize your risk by maintaining your blood sugar as close to normal as possible prior to conception and during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Of course, good glucose control throughout the pregnancy is important as well.
[Editor's comment: The "scare story" you read has had no impact whatsoever on the medical recommendations of doctors since the 1970's. Perhaps you read something that was written before then? See Family Planning for young women with diabetes and Planning a pregnancy , at the Diabetes Monitor, for some additional thoughts. WWQ]
Original posting 4 Oct 2001
Posted to Family Planning
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:26
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.