Our lifestyle has changed significantly due to the advent of science and technology over the last two decades. We have gotten exposed to the various benefits that science has to offer us. It has not only affected our work life but also our daily habits have changed due to the various impacts that technology has had on us.
Every aspect of our life is being modified by technology. Technology aims at making life more comfortable. Its advent has made any work very quick and efficient because of its automated nature. The effects of technology in our life have negative impacts on our lives too.
These technologies are extremely efficient reducing work for man. It has been observed that people have become significantly lazy due to this change. Due to this reason primarily, the frequency of the diseases has increased considerably.
Even socializing has been restricted to digital platforms mainly too.
Our eating habits have also changed because most of us extremely busy lives. Due to lethargy, exercising also is reduced. Lack of exercise is the main cause for most diseases that occur nowadays. Other than that, foods with high preservative content have a very adverse effect on the body. Some diseases are easy to deal with while others might be fatal.
One such disease, which has been affecting people for ages, is diabetes. Diabetes is genetic and inherited through bloodlines. Even though it is disease, which has been affecting people for many years, the frequency of this disease has increased considerably.
Doctors have predicted that it is because of the change in lifestyle and food habits that people have had over the last two decades specially.
Diabetes is a disease which can be got ridden off if the patient follows certain restrictions religiously. If the impact of the disease exceeds limits then a lot of complications take place. Kidney gets affected badly.
Also, in women, it causes gynecological problems. A lot of complications come up due to hormonal changes that occur when diabetes affects them.
Henceforth, we will delve into this matter in depth.
Motherhood is almost every girl’s dream. Not only to bear a child, it is extremely essential that a woman has her system in the right condition. Else, it will affect the rest of the systems in the body.
For those affected with diabetes, getting pregnant often becomes a big problem. Let us look into what you should be doing if you are in this situation.
Visit the doctor:
You need to visit the doctors at least 3 to 6 months before you plan on conceiving. The doctor will ask you to carry out a few tests including:
- An A1C is conducted to check if your diabetes level is controlled enough so that you can stop your birth control medicines.
- Get a blood and urine test done so that the effects of diabetes on the kidney can be gauged.
- Look for other problems linked with diabetes, like organ, nerve, or heart damage
- Look into other systems such as nerves and heart to see if they have been negatively impacted due to diabetes.
- Test if your blood pressure is in control
- If you have type 1 diabetes, then rule out the possibility of any thyroid problems.
- Check cholesterol levels and test the level of fat called triglycerides.
- An eye exam needs to be done to check for cataracts, retinopathy, and glaucoma.
- The doctor might also recommend counseling before you get pregnant, so that you can deal with all the physical and mental changes.
Preconception counseling is a very important step for women affected with diabetes. Make an appointment with an experienced doctor and she/he with discuss with you various important factors such as balancing your weight, maintaining your lifestyle.
You need to manage a well proportionate weight. If you are overweight then you need to shed off the few extra kilos to avoid complications during the crucial 9 months. In case you are underweight, gaining a few kilos could be a good idea, else you might deliver an underweight child as well.
A significant change needs to be done to your lifestyle during and even after pregnancy. If you drink or smoke, you will need to stop immediately. Smoking during pregnancy affects the child and the mother both even if the mother doesn’t have diabetes. The nicotine in cigarettes is toxic and travels to the baby through the bloodstream and affects the baby in the following ways:
- Raises the heart rate of the baby
- Both the baby and the mother gets deprived of oxygen.
- The chances of stillbirth and miscarriages increase if you smoke.
- Chances of having a low weight baby or a premature baby increases.
- The baby gets prone to breathing or lung problems in future
Drinking too has its own set of problems like mental retardation in the baby. Also certain physical problems can happen. There is no safe limit for drinking alcohol during pregnancy, it is best just to avoid it.
The next few points listed below are of prime importance during pregnancy and need to be followed stringently.
- Take folic acid vitamins so that the baby is formed perfectly.
- Blood sugar levels need to be tested at regular intervals as it may create problems if left unmonitored.
- Insulin will be required more specially in the last few months Follow the doctor’s advice when you have to regulate your medications.
- Meal planning needs to be done carefully. You need to manage your blood sugar levels and also increase calorie intake so that your baby can grow properly.
- Avoid unhealthy carbohydrates and junk food strictly, as preservatives have a very negative effect on the baby.
With these advises, you can have a smooth pregnancy and enjoy your motherhood. It is indeed the best feeling in the world, which you will cherish for the rest of your life. You need to take charge of your body and combat every challenge that you might face.
The ultimate feeling when you have your own child in your arms is truly impeccable and hence you should do all that you can so that you can conceive successfully even if you are diagnosed with diabetes.