I am newly diagnosed with diabetes. Can I have children?

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I am newly diagnosed with diabetes. Can I have children?

Question: I am newly diagnosed with diabetes and I have heard horror stories about women with diabetes and their inability to carry children.  Can you tell me the truth about women and pregnancy to set the story straight?

Answer:

First, certainly a woman with diabetes can marry and lead a very full productive life so please do not let diabetes hold you back from anything! There is no ”cure” at this point but diabetes is very manageable. The goal is to have as close to normal blood sugar levels as possible and depending upon the type of diabetes you have, this may be managed with diet, exercise, and medication. Your healthcare provider can help you with those therapies. As for pregnancy, women with diabetes can have perfectly healthy pregnancies and babies. Again, the issue is blood glucose control. In pregnancy, blood glucose control is a bit tighter than non pregnant but certainly manageable. Before becoming pregnant, you should visit your healthcare provider as again there are some specific guidelines for preconception and then once you become pregnant. So those of you recently diagnosed, Do not fear! Diabetes does not prevent us from doing anything we want to do in life! Go forth and enjoy! But always with knowledge on diabetes self management.