Dear Abortion Advice:
I have been thinking about abortion because I found out I have diabetes. I am worried my baby won’t be okay. Do you know anything about this?
I looked online and it seems the greatest concern for your baby would be if you didn’t find out about the Gestational diabetes or if you don’t take care of yourself once you find out. Here is what I found online:
- Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy. Diabetes means your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.
- Gestational diabetes happens when your body can’t make enough insulin during pregnancy. Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas, an organ located behind your stomach. Insulin helps your body use glucose for energy and helps control your blood glucose levels.
- You will probably be tested for gestational diabetes between weeks 24 and 28 of your pregnancy. If you have a higher chance of getting gestational diabetes, your doctor may test you for diabetes during your first visit after you become pregnant.
- If you have high blood glucose levels because your gestational diabetes is not under control, your baby will also have high blood glucose.
- Untreated or uncontrolled gestational diabetes can cause problems for your baby.
- Treating gestational diabetes means taking steps to keep your blood glucose levels in a target range.
- Even if your blood glucose levels return to normal after your pregnancy, your chances of getting diabetes—usually type 2 diabetes—later in life are high. Therefore, you should be tested at least every 3 years for diabetes or prediabetes.
- You can give your baby a healthy start by breastfeeding.
- You can help your child be healthy by showing your child how to make healthy lifestyle choices, including being physically active, limiting screen time in front of the TV or video games, eating a healthy diet, and staying at a healthy weight.