Health Matters

Diabetes and Pregnancy: How To Manage It

Take these steps for you and your baby.


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Approximately one in ten women have diabetes during their pregnancy. Dr. Pooja Patel, an obstetrician gynecologist in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has some suggestions to better your odds.

“Diabetes is a common medical condition that affects women during pregnancy.”

“Pregnancy increases a woman's risk of diabetes because pregnancy favors weight gain and hormonal changes that decrease metabolism. If a mother-to-be is aware that she had diabetes prior to pregnancy, she should let her OB-GYN know immediately. ”

If you are somebody who wants to get pregnant:

  • consult with a doctor about your risk of diabetes
  • get tested if you are at risk
  • make the necessary lifestyle or medical changes

“These steps could make a big difference for you and your baby's health.”

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