Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

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Diabetes affects women of all life stages. According to the CDC, about 1.85 million women, in the US, of reproductive age (18-44 years) have diabetes. If not managed properly, expectant mothers with diabetes are more likely to encounter complications such as preeclampsia, birth defects, other health problems, and infections. Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby is a down to earth guide for diabetic mothers-to-be. The book explains everything from what is diabetes to labor, ...

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Overview

Diabetes affects women of all life stages. According to the CDC, about 1.85 million women, in the US, of reproductive age (18-44 years) have diabetes. If not managed properly, expectant mothers with diabetes are more likely to encounter complications such as preeclampsia, birth defects, other health problems, and infections. Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby is a down to earth guide for diabetic mothers-to-be. The book explains everything from what is diabetes to labor, delivery, and infertility. Unlike existing books written in dry scientific language, this is a unique patient-written guidebook that includes medical facts, first person reports, and interviews from women living with diabetes who share their pregnancy related experiences.

Topics covered include:

  • What is Diabetes?
  • Finding the right doctor
  • The first, second, and third trimesters
  • Labor and delivery
  • Balancing your health needs with those of your child
  • Infertility and pregnancy loss
  • Resources

Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes is a complete guide for diabetic women who want to successfully plan their pregnancies.
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Editorial Reviews

sixuntilnine.com - Kerri Sparling
"Finally! A resource for women with diabetes that neither judges them for wanting to get pregnant nor scares them out of it. This engaging - and funny - book full of myth-busting accounts of women who have been there tells potential moms that yes there is hard work involved in a healthy pregnancy with diabetes but reminds us of the joys all that hard work can bring."-Michelle Kowalski, dlife.com

"Cheryl Alkon has given me what I wish I had 14 years ago when a dear friend with diabetes became pregnant: a book filled with wisdom and wit to reassure me that both Mom-to-be and Baby could stay healthy and happy for years to come." - Kristen De Deyn Kirk, editor, MyTidewaterMoms.com

"The book is amazing. Know that Cheryl's book covers everything. In detail. And the amount of women she interviewed really assists in making it personal and meaningful."-Emily Berthold, editor, bumbeta.blogspot.com

"Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, people told me that having would be difficult at best. But now, seven months pregnant with my first child, I realize that more success stories need to be told. Cheryl's book is the resource of hope, inspiration, and information that all women with type 1 diabetes need to read."-Kerri Morrone Sparling, sixuntilnine.com

"A valuable resource for diabetic women who wish to have a baby. Alkon's writing style makes the book interesting and easy to follow There is a wealth of information and tips for women to follow and most women with diabetes wishing to get pregnant or who are already pregnant will find the book beneficial. "-Caphis Consumer Connection

Kerri Sparling

"Finally! A resource for women with diabetes that neither judges them for wanting to get pregnant nor scares them out of it. This engaging - and funny - book full of myth-busting accounts of women who have been there tells potential moms that yes there is hard work involved in a healthy pregnancy with diabetes but reminds us of the joys all that hard work can bring."-Michelle Kowalski, dlife.com

"Cheryl Alkon has given me what I wish I had 14 years ago when a dear friend with diabetes became pregnant: a book filled with wisdom and wit to reassure me that both Mom-to-be and Baby could stay healthy and happy for years to come." - Kristen De Deyn Kirk, editor, MyTidewaterMoms.com

"The book is amazing. Know that Cheryl's book covers everything. In detail. And the amount of women she interviewed really assists in making it personal and meaningful."-Emily Berthold, editor, bumbeta.blogspot.com

"Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, people told me that having would be difficult at best. But now, seven months pregnant with my first child, I realize that more success stories need to be told. Cheryl's book is the resource of hope, inspiration, and information that all women with type 1 diabetes need to read."-Kerri Morrone Sparling, sixuntilnine.com

"A valuable resource for diabetic women who wish to have a baby. Alkon's writing style makes the book interesting and easy to follow There is a wealth of information and tips for women to follow and most women with diabetes wishing to get pregnant or who are already pregnant will find the book beneficial. "-Caphis Consumer Connection

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603323
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/8/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 337,830
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl Alkon is a writer, researcher and editor whose work has appeared in national and regional magazines and newspapers. She's lived with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and has become an active member of the online diabetes blogging community with her blog Managing the Sweetness, named one of About.com's Six Diabetes Blogs Worth Visiting.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

You Can Definitely do This—and do it Well xi

Acknowledgments xiii

The Early Days

1 Recommendations for Trying to Conceive: If you can, you've Gotta Plan 3

The First Trimester: Grace Under Pressure

2 I see two Lines, Now What? 25

3 What do I Eat? 41

4 Tests and Bloods and Rockin' Goals: Pregnancy Assessments and Prenatal Exams 65

The Second and Third Trimesters: Things Keep Growing and Growing

5 In the Thick of It 93

6 Approaching the Big Day 119

Hello, Mama!

7 The Big Day 147

8 The New Mom, with Diabetes 167

When Blood Sugar Control Isn't Enough

Appendix Infertility and Pregnancy Loss 199

Glossary 225

Resources 231

Notes 241

Index 247

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