Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Asheboro, North Carolina, USA:

I am 29 years old, just found out that I am pregnant, and I have type 1 diabetes. This pregnancy was not planned, and I am worried about the effects this will have on me and my unborn child. I have two other children, but did not have diabetes when I was pregnant with them. I just need some advice for someone in my situation.


At this point it is important to get your blood sugar under good control (fasting 80-90 mg/dl [4.4 to 5 mmol/L], one hour after meals less than 130 mg/dl [7.2 mmol/L]). These are ideal values, but not always consistently achievable. So do your best.

Your obstetrical care should be provided by a physician or team that has experience with pregnancy and diabetes. You will have several ultrasound examinations of the baby looking for any abnormalities, particularly of the heart and spine. By maintaining good glucose control over the course of the pregnancy, you will reduce the risk of excessive fetal growth as well as maintain your own health. In addition, your doctors should test your kidney function and also have you see an eye specialist if you have not had a recent retinal examination.

Lots of mothers with diabetes become pregnant. With proper care you and your baby should do well.


Original posting 11 Nov 2000
Posted to Family Planning


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:16
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.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.