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Steps to Take Before Your First Medical Visit When Pregnant

It’s extremely important for women who have diabetes and become pregnant to begin addressing the diabetes aspects of their pregnancy as soon as possible. Here are two steps that the Joslin-Beth Israel Pregnancy Program recommends taking before the first medical visit.

First, you should collect detailed records on your blood glucose levels, including fasting levels, and specific amounts of carbohydrates and insulin for meals. With that information, the medical team can start making adjustments during the first visit.

Second, you should review your current medications. If you are taking ACE inhibitors for kidney conditions or statins for cholesterol control, these will be discontinued during the pregnancy. If you are on diabetes pills, continue until the visit.

For more information about the Joslin-Beth Israel Pregnancy Program, or to make an appointment, please call 617-732-2496.

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