This morning I woke to these motivating, uplifting words on the radio news bulletin…”Diabetic women are four times more likely to have a child with birth defects. This is because they struggle to control their blood sugars.” Well happy Monday everyone.
Now, we all know how hard it is to please a diabetic so I’m not going to whinge about such things being talked about. The importance of blood sugar control in pregnancy is something we should be aware of, and is something that isn’t often talked about. Still, it wasn’t the nicest thing to wake up to on a Monday morning. “Your type will never breed successfully, and by the way it’s raining outside” doesn’t inspire you to jump out of bed with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. And if I was a pregnant diabetic woman, I think I would probably be hiding under the bed refusing to get out, for fear of what other doom-laden proclamations were going to brighten up the day for me before I’d even had breakfast.
So, to add a bit of balance to the rest of the headlines, and because ShootUp does try to occasionally provide some form of useful content, let’s look at the rest of the story:
Women with diabetes are at an increased risk of having a baby with a birth defect.
BUT, the vast majority of pregnancies in women with diabetes don’t involve a birth defect.
AND, good blood glucose control reduces that risk significantly, especially around the time of conception, so it’s a nice idea to get the diabetes under control before planning pregnancy.
Ah, fancy that, it isn’t an inevitable tragedy waiting to happen, it’s a real risk that needs to be acknowledged but that we can do something about. Now that’s something that’s much easier to live with. Now diabetic women all over the country have calmed down a bit, you can get the full facts here.