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Pregnancy and Hypoglycemia

Pregnancy is a very delicate situation. Extra precaution is very much needed in order for you and your baby to be safe. Pregnancy is the time when you are free to eat anything you want. Especially when your hormone is raging, and a sight of pastries triggers you to just take a bite. Go ahead, you’re pregnant anyway, and the freedom is just yours. But wait, there are some things you have to consider; you might be diagnosed diabetic or hypoglycemic.

It’s a double torture when you’re pregnant and be warned to avoid certain food such as high with glucose. Monthly check – up will determine your health, and when you are diagnosed being hypoglycemic, be alert. Your Obstetrician will tell you to watch what you eat in order to reduce your blood glucose levels to as near normal as possible. This is especially critical during the first trimester when the baby is rapidly developing and growing. In case of an occurrence of hypoglycemia, you will be prepared to treat it immediately. Inform any insulin reactions to your Obstetrician right away in case an adjustment in your treatment needs to be made

But what is hypoglycemia? It is the medical condition of having an abnormally low level of sugar in the blood. In some cases this is due to the pancreas producing too much of the insulin hormone. Insulin is the key hormone that helps to change sugar into energy. Hypoglycemia is most commonly caused by stress and poor diet, it can also develop as a result of a poorly functioning pancreas, tumors in the pancreas, liver dysfunction, or pregnancy.

The symptoms of insulin reaction differ from shakiness, sweating, or dizziness to feeling faint, disoriented, or a tingling sensation. Keep in mind; if you take insulin injections, you need to keep some form of sugar-sweetened candy in your purse, where you can take it anywhere, at home, at work, and in your car.

There are various ways to achieve a smooth pregnancy even being diagnosed hypoglycemic. You have to follow an appropriate meal plan. Consult a Nutritionist or a Dietician in order to attain the appropriate level of sugar. Always monitor your blood glucose. Or you can administer insulin injections but be sure you are knowledgeable in adjusting the doses. You can add or maintain an appropriate level of physical activity. Be sure to consult your Obstetrician first before doing these.

There is no evidence that hypoglycemia is a threat to your pregnancy, but it can be a problem for you. The most important step is to prevent or reduce the risk of hypoglycemia. This means learning enough to control your blood sugar, and paying meticulous attention to the details of diabetes management. It may probably not possible to completely prevent hypoglycemia, so it is important to keep ready sources of carbohydrates with you at all times, including glucose tablets or gel. It would also be a good idea for your husband, family and perhaps a close co-worker to learn how to administer injections in case of a hypoglycemic.

Pregnancy is a delicate condition. Being responsible and educated keeps you off from danger. There are various resources available as your guide. Remember that nine months is a long journey for you as a mother, and staying healthy throughout pregnancy will benefit you and your baby.

by Anniebelle Leano

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