- 40% of our population are diabetic.
- Among pregnant patients women over 35 have a higher risk of diabetes.
- Patients undergoing IVF (Test Tube Baby) are at higher risk.
- If undetected, diabetes can result in abnormal babies and miscarriages.
- Ideal is to control it before planning pregnancy.
- During pregnancy if not controlled can lead to preterm delivery, big babies, stillbirths and death immediately after delivery.
- Pre Pregnancy counseling, dietary advice, maintaining normal blood glucose levels with insulin, checking on the function of the kidneys is very important to prevent complications.
- During delivery maintaining blood sugar levels is important to prevent problems to mother and baby. After birth babies can have low blood sugar. To maintain sugar levels observation in the neonatal intensive care unit is a must.
- In conclusion, a multidisciplinary approach by the obstetrician, diabetologist and neonatal care specialist is ideal.