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Fri Feb 10 11:38:02 EST 2012

Would high blood sugars during the first 5 days of a possible pregnancy negatively affect any embryo?
Asked By: edhepner  

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my daughter is worried being T1 diabetic that recent high blood sugars during her first 5 days of possible pregnancy could negatively affect the embryo? She is stabilizing her blood sugars now.
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Expert Answers (1)
2012-02-13 21:10:28.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Controlling blood glucose (sugar) levels before conception can improve the chances for a successful pregnancy. The health and nutrition of the mom-to-be is very important.

Poor blood glucose control may lead to serious complications in pregnancy, including birth defects and fetal deaths. the outcomes of the pregnancy varies with different circumstances. Your daughter is encouraged to share her concerns with her doctor.

Early medical care and close monitoring of blood glucose levels contribute to a healthy pregnancy for both mother and infant.

Read about pregnant with diabetes!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2013-02-26 01:18:30.0

These days it's very easy for a Type 1 being pregnant. When I had my 2 kids there was ONLY home urine testing, which was next to useless and no MDI nor pumps or meters. No, being high very early on will not usually affect the fetus, I had 2 successful pregnancies. High blood sugars can structurally damage the baby, but for short periods, I think not. The rate of major congenital malformations in babies born to women with diabetes is somewhat higher than in non-diabetics, but being able to test your BG is a tremendous improvement. During the first trimester, glucose crosses the placenta at a faster rate for the increasing growth needs of the fetus. This, of course, decreases the maternal glucose levels. Insulin requirements may decrease as much as ten to twenty percent. In my first pregnancy I ended up in hospital the first trimester with a severe low, but with second pregnancy my husband caught it in time. All the best to your daughter.
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