Pregnancy Tracker: 18 weeks, 2 days Size of the Baby: About 6 inches long and 8.5 ounces Biggest Obstacle: The frustration of insulin resistance ! For many years women with type 1 diabetes were discouraged from having children and scared away from the possibility with films like Steel Magnolias (which happens to be one of my favorite movies, even though it is quite dated on diabetes information !) Before the era of intensive diabetes management, home glucose monitoring, and insulin pump therapy, the risk for diabetic moms and their babies was great. Luckily, today thousands of women have had successful, healthy pregnancies complicated by type 1 diabetes. Thus, I was certainly encouraged to join their ranks and begin the journey of pregnancy myself. Ironically, whereas women with preexisting diabetes and pregnancy didn't mix for many years, I have found that in several ways, having diabetes can be constructive during pregnancy. First of all, in s...
In another of life's little ironies, my younger sister announced her first pregnancy a week after my miscarriage was complete. Thankfully, Dennis and I had grieved and processed our loss so we were absolutely thrilled to learn that we'd have a niece or nephew in nine short months!
My sister and brother-in-law weren't expecting to conceive so quickly, so I had several long phone calls discussing pregnancy in general with my sister. What a fun experience to be the older sister providing words of wisdom! Plus, I got to relive one of the most joyful, rewarding times of my life.
One thing quickly became apparent as I discussed due dates, morning sickness, doctor's appointments, and the like with my non-diabetic sister: how different high-risk pregnancies are from normal, uncomplicated pregnancies.
Diabetic pregnancies are so closely monitored, from the number of doctor's visits and blood tests to the repeated ultrasounds and managed deliveries...
Alternative Names Placental dysfunction Symptoms A woman with placenta insufficiency usually does not have any symptoms. Signs and tests A pregnant woman should receive proper prenatal care. The health care provider will measure the size of your growing womb (uterus) at each visit, starting about halfway through your pregnancy. Tests that may be done include: Pregnancy ultrasound to measure the growth of the baby (may be done more often than in a normal pregnancy) Monitoring of the babys heart rate (nonstress test) You may be asked to keep a daily record of how often the baby moves or kicks.
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