As a mom-to-be, you’ve likely been waiting anxiously for this moment – putting your travel bag in the car and heading to the hospital to have your baby. And you’ve had months to think about the experience – right down to the little outfit you want to bring your newborn home in. From conception to delivery, your life is going to be filled with choices that you and your doctor will have to make, and one of those is the way you want your baby’s delivery to go. While most moms go the epidural route, many moms choose natural childbirth. If you’re considering natural childbirth, here are some things to keep in mind as your body gets baby ready to make his or her debut.
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Many of my patients, especially those who are pregnant for the first time, seem to have learned everything they know about labor and delivery from movies, TV and old wives’ tales. They often have a lot of preconceived notions about birth that aren’t true.
The reality is that every woman is different, and the range of “normal” is vast. When you’re pregnant, it seems people stand in line to give you free advice. But remember, free advice is usually worth what you pay for it!
Every pregnancy has risks, and diabetes does increase possible issues for both mother and baby. But by planning carefully, making good lifestyle choices and working closely with their medical teams, most women with diabetes are able to have successful pregnancies and healthy babies.