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Diabetes affects women of all life stages. According to the CDC, about 1.85 million women, in the US, of reproductive age (18-44 years) have diabetes. If not managed properly, expectant mothers with diabetes are more likely to encounter complications such as preeclampsia, birth defects, other health problems, and infections. Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby, is a down to earth guide for diabetic mothers-to-be. The book explains everything from what is diabetes to labor, delivery, and infertility. Unlike existing books written in dry scientific language, this is a unique patient-written guidebook that includes medical facts, first person reports, and interviews from women living with diabetes who share their pregnancy related experiences.

Topics covered include:
What is Diabetes?
Finding the right doctor
The first, second, and third trimesters
Labor and delivery
Balancing your health needs with those of your child
Infertility and pregnancy loss
Resources
Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes is a complete guide for diabetic women who want to successfully plan their pregnancies.;The Early Days; 1. Recommendations for trying to conceive: If You Can, You've Gotta Plan; The First Trimester: Grace Under Pressure 2. I See Two Lines Ç Now What?; 3. What do I Eat?; 4. Tests and Bloods and Rockin' Goals: Pregnancy Assessemnts and Prenatal Exams; The Second and Third Trimesters: Things Keep Growing and Growing 5. In the Thick of It; 6. Approaching the Big Day; Hello, Mama! 7. The Big Day; 8. The New Mom, With Diabetes; When Blood Sugar Control Isn't Enough Infertility and Pregnancy Loss; Other Resources.";

"Finally! A resource for women with diabetes that neither judges them for wanting to get pregnant nor scares them out of it. This engaging - and funny - book full of myth-busting accounts of women who have been there tells potential moms that yes there is hard work involved in a healthy pregnancy with diabetes but reminds us of the joys all that hard work can bring."-Michelle Kowalski, dlife.com

Cheryl Alkon has given me what I wish I had 14 years ago when a dear friend with diabetes became pregnant: a book filled with wisdom and wit to reassure me that both Mom-to-be and Baby could stay healthy and happy for years to come."Kristen De Deyn Kirk, editor, MyTidewaterMoms.com

"the book is amazing". know that Cheryl's book covers everything. In detail. And the amount of women she interviewed really assists in making it personal and meaningful."-Emily Berthold, editor, bumbeta.blogspot.com

"Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, people told me that having would be difficult at best. But now, seven months pregnant with my first child, I realize that more success stories need to be told. Cheryl's book is the resource of hope, inspiration, and information that all women with type 1 diabetes need to read."-Kerri Morrone Sparling, sixuntilnine.com"

" a valuable resource for diabetic women who wish to have a baby. Alkon's writing style makes the book interesting and easy to follow There is a wealth of information and tips for women to follow and most women with diabetes wishing to get pregnant or who are already pregnant will find the book beneficial. "-Caphis Consumer Connection
Published: Demos Health on
ISBN: 9781932603323
List price: $18.95
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