New American Diabetes Association Guide Helps Mothers with Gestational, Type 1, and Type 2 Diabetes Deliver Healthy Babies

July 21, 2011

Diabetes is increasingly common in the United States. As of 2011, nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes—nearly half are women age 20 years or older. For those women who are planning a pregnancy and already have diabetes, or for the 135,000 women each year who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, the risks to themselves and their babies are significant. The American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes & Pregnancy: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy for Women Who Have Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes provides important insights to prevent diabetes complications by properly managing blood glucose levels, making lifestyle changes, and taking medications. 

Gestational diabetes can develop during the second trimester of a pregnancy and usually goes away after delivery. Risks include miscarriages, preeclampsia, birth defects, and a larger baby with its own set of difficulties, to name a few. Expectant mothers who are 35 years or older, have a close family member with diabetes, are overweight or obese, or have had complications from a previous pregnancy are at higher risk for developing gestational diabetes. Women who are African American, Hispanic/Latina, Pacific Islander, Native American, or Asian are also at a higher risk.

For a woman who already has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the time to begin preparing for pregnancy is before conception. Since almost half of all pregnancies are unplanned, those that manage their diabetes well before and during pregnancy can have a relatively normal pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby. Achieving a healthy body weight, improving diet and exercise habits, monitoring blood glucose levels, regular exercise, and most importantly, working with a health care team, are critical elements for anyone with diabetes and especially so for women planning to become pregnant.

Diabetes & Pregnancy contains all the information needed for a woman to plan, conceive, and deliver a healthy baby. Meal planning, exercise, insulin therapy, and monitoring are covered. Other subjects related to pregnancy are also discussed, such as the different stages of an unborn baby’s development, what tests to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and birth control.

About the Editor
Dr. David A. Sacks is a certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist who for more than 30 years was Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Bellflower, California. A long-standing contributor to the medical community and many professional organizations, Dr. Sacks received the 2008 Norbert Freinkel Award from the Council on Pregnancy and Women’s Reproductive Health of the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Sacks and contributors to this book are all members of diabetes-in-pregnancy teams at their respective medical centers.

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AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION DIABETES & PREGNANCY: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy for Women Who Have Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes is available at, at bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-ADA-6733 (1-800-232-6733).

Diabetes & Pregnancy       
Publisher:  American Diabetes Association  
Publication Date:  May, 2011    
Price:  $15.95       
ISBN:  978-1580404372



About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)