Book Review: Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes

Cheryl Alkon’s book Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes is a god send. It’s relatively easy to find books and advice about managing gestational diabetes, but there is a serious lack of information about how to prepare for and manage a pregnancy when you already have diabetes. After all, if you already know you have diabetes, there are many things you can and should be doing before you even try to conceive to protect your health and grow a healthy baby.

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

Since I not only have to balance pregnancy with migraines, depression, etc., but also balance it with type 2 diabetes, I was elated to come across a resource for women who are trying to conceive despite their diabetes. I was pleased to find this book to be an intelligent, reassuring resource.

So many of the resources available take an alarmist tone that may make women with preexisting diabetes feel as though there is no safe way for them to be pregnant or give birth to a healthy baby. This is simply not the case. If you are educated and committed to good glucose control, both you and your baby can come through pregnancy completely healthy.

For me, the prevailing message was that as pregnant women with diabetes you must always be flexible and willing to work hard to adapt to the way your body changes as a result of pregnancy. For many of us, we know exactly what to do to maintain or move toward good glucose control in our regular lives. But pregnancy changes all of that, and it can be a very unpredictable, frustrating experience. I now feel I better know what to expect from pregnancy and have prepared myself mentally for the reality that it’s going to be even more work than I ever realized. But I know it will be well worth it.

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