Katy doctor discusses diabetes and high-risk pregnancy
One in ten American women over the age of 19 has diabetes. If you are one of them, it is essential to have a doctor who understands the potential for a high-risk pregnancy, and guides you on steps to lessen chance of complications for you and your child. Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Falae share this insight for women in the Katy, TX area.
The pancreas produces insulin. This hormone helps turn glucose from the foods you eat into energy that can be utilized by cells in the body. When the body does not use or make insulin correctly, glucose builds up, elevating blood sugar levels. The body begins to use other hormones to turn fat into energy, releasing toxic chemicals.
Untreated diabetes takes its toll in many ways, including:
- Kidney damage
- High blood pressure
- Vision problems and blindness
- Diabetic neuropathy and other forms of nerve damage
- Reduced ability to heal from injury
- Skin problems
How pregnancy impacts diabetes
Fluctuating hormones affect glucose levels. Diabetes increases risk of preeclampsia and eclampsia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, which can have serious health implications. Diabetic mothers may be more prone to vaginal and bladder infections, as well. Your baby may have a higher birth weight, potentially complicating delivery. You may need to be prepared for an early delivery.
Schedule an appointment with your gynecology and obstetrics doctor BEFORE you become pregnant. The doctor may suggest an educational program or provide materials to help you understand how to control the condition during pregnancy. You will learn how to eat properly, and the doctor will monitor blood sugar carefully, making adjustments to your diabetes medication as needed.
It is possible to have a full-term, healthy pregnancy with diabetes. Call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine at 855 346 8610 to schedule an appointment with the high-risk pregnancy doctors trusted throughout Katy, TX – Drs. Jenkins and Falae.