Let your doctor know if you plan to have a baby. If your diabetes isn’t well controlled, it can cause complications, including birth defects. Good control of blood sugar before you get pregnant lowers your odds for these problems and for miscarriage. Your risk of eye damage and dangerous spikes in blood pressure will go down, too.
When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, it affects the whole family. Parents must help children check blood sugar, plan meals, and adjust insulin doses around the clock. The disease requires 24-hour maintenance, so you also have to make plans for treatment during school and activities afterward. Check with your child’s school to see who can give insulin if they need it.