Doctors offer advice to diabetics who plan on getting pregnant

November 08, 2017 07:56 AM

(WBAL) Women who have Type 1 diabetes and are planning on getting pregnant need to keep some important health issues in mind.

Dr. Robert Atlas, of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, said women with Type 1 diabetes need to get their blood sugar level in control before they get pregnant.

"One of the most important things for a Type 1 diabetic to understand is the importance of having their hemoglobin A1C under control prior to conception. We know that an elevated hemoglobin A1C is associated with an increased risk of poor pregnancy outcome," Atlas said.

Atlas said potential problems for the mother include preeclampsia and cardiac disease. Potential problems for the baby include premature birth, fetal abnormalities and neural tube defects.

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