Health Watch — Healthy Pregnancy: High Blood Sugar

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about having a healthy pregnancy. While all women need to take good care of themselves during pregnancy, women with diabetes need to take extra precautions.

Dr. Philip Raskin, a diabetes specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says pregnant women with diabetes must control their blood sugar because high blood sugar can harm the fetus. High blood sugar can cause birth defects, lead to premature birth or cause the fetus to grow larger, which makes birth more difficult. High blood sugar also can harm the mother by causing diabetes complications or raising blood pressure. That could lead to seizures or stroke during delivery. Pregnant women with diabetes should test their blood sugar frequently and control it with medication, diet and exercise as recommended by their doctors.

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August 2008

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