Health Matters

Pregnancy and Diabetes

“Healthier moms lead to healthier babies.”

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Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes is important before, during, and after pregnancy. Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an ob/gyn physician in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine has some advice.

“For those with diabetes, it is important to have good blood sugars before pregnancy begins. Healthier moms lead to healthier babies.”

“Diabetes, related to insulin resistance, can develop during pregnancy and is called gestational diabetes. All pregnant patients should be screened which can be performed with a blood test.”

“Gestational diabetes resolves after delivery in most patients; however, having this condition does increase your lifetime risk of developing diabetes. Therefore, inform your healthcare provider so screening can occur as you get older.”

“Detecting and treating diabetes related or unrelated to pregnancy is important for healthier mothers, their children, families, and communities.”

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