For women with insulin dependent diabetes, pregnancy requires special care and attention. You and your husband need to understand the effects of diabetes on pregnancy and the effects of pregnancy on diabetes. You will both need to know about insulin doses, diet, exercise, and how to recognize and treat hypoglycemia. Attaining excellent control of blood sugar levels prior to pregnancy and maintaining good control during pregnancy greatly increases your chance of delivering a healthy baby. If you still have questions about pregnancy after you read this section, see your diabetes nurse educator or your doctor, and get a copy of Diabetes and Pregnancy: What to Expect or Gestational Diabetes: What to Expect, from the American Diabetes Association 1970 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22109-0592.
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