So you are thinking of having a baby, or perhaps you are already pregnant...CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Having diabetes and being pregnant or breastfeeding can be challenging, especially when taking medications. But it is very possible to have a normal pregnancy and a lovely normal happy baby. To make this easier it is really important you know the facts and work closely with your medical team.
This is most definitely the time when you will want to make sure you are doing all the right things to ensure the best outcome for your baby. If possible, it is best to plan ahead and make some simple changes to your diet, aim to stop smoking, try to stop drinking alcohol and improve blood sugar control are really important.
However, the medications you are currently taking need to be assessed by your doctor as they may not be suitable to take during pregnancy and could actually be dangerous. Most medications have never been tested in pregnancy and as a result why would you want to take something which could harm your developing baby or perhaps cause harm once the child is born...
If you are taking tablets to control your diabetes you will want to make sure that it is still safe to do so, especially as pregnancy is an important time to keep blood sugars in check. You may also be taking medications for other reasons such as cholesterol or blood pressure. If you have discovered that you are pregnant it is advisable to STOP taking these and see a doctor as soon as possible to ensure they are ok to take in pregnancy.
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