Diabetes and Pregnancy

Most women are aware that they need to take extra care of their health during pregnancy. Women who have diabetes need to be especially careful. High blood sugar can cause health problems for both mother and baby.

UT Southwestern doctors say babies exposed to high blood sugar are at higher risk for birth defects, premature delivery, or large size that may make delivery difficult. Mothers may face the usual risks associated with diabetes, as well as higher blood pressure that could lead to seizure and stroke.

Pregnant women who have diabetes need to monitor their blood sugar levels, take medication as directed, eat a healthy diet, and exercise.