Congratulations, you’re having a baby! Now begins a lifetime of choices that you’re not only making for yourself, but for your new little one as well. While some decisions will be easier than others, choices regarding your baby’s health can be tough, especially if you’re getting conflicting information.
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.
It’s hard to avoid the ongoing news coverage about Kim Kardashian’s pregnancies, but I will say this, it has cast a spotlight on a subject worth talking about: preeclampsia. This is a condition that can cause discomfort, anxiety and fear. Knowing what to look for, what your risks are and having good communication with your physician can lead to a lot of reduced stress in the long run. Preeclampsia is one of those health issues pregnant women should educate themselves about so they know when a concern should turn into a doctor’s appointment.