Delivering a healthy child is the sole focus of an expecting mother. This, however, becomes a bit complicated if the mother is diabetic or acquired gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

Why? For pregnant women with diabetes, a number of complications can arise leading to miscarriage, premature birth and other birth defects, and high blood pressure.

If you’re battling diabetes while pregnant, you are not alone. According to the March of Dimes, 7 percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes – a condition where your body has too much glucose in the blood

Here are some tips to take control of your diabetes and ensure a healthy pregnancy:

1. Talk to your doctor.

If you’re diabetic and planning to have a baby, speak with your physician about your A1C levels and any nutritional plans to help manage your diabetes. Type-1 diabetics should ask about their kidneys, thyroid and eye.

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