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Pregnancy & T1D Care

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Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDCES

Becoming pregnant when you have type-1 diabetes brings a whole new set of diabetes management challenges.  With your health (and your baby’s health) in the balance, it is very important to have strategies in place for dealing with them effectively.  This course is for those who are contemplating conception as well as those in midst of pregnancy. 

Specific topics include:

  • Minimizing Risks to Mom and Baby
  • Blood Sugar Goals & Management
  • Insulin Patterns from Preconception Through Postpartum
  • Nutrition & Weight Considerations
  • Recommended Supplements
  • Exercise Implications
  • Online Resources

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Placement Exam: Pregnancy & T1D Care

1. Which of the following diabetes medications are FDA-approved for use during pregnancy?

A. Metformin

B. Lantus (glargine) insulin

C. Symlin (pramlintide)

D. Sulfonylureas (glyburide, glipizide, glimepiride)

2. The recommended blood sugar after meals during pregnancy is:

A. Less than 120 mg/dl (6.7 mmol/l)

B. Less than 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/l)

C. Less than 160 mg/dl (8.9 mmol/l)

D. Between 80 and 150 mg/dl (4.4-8.3 mmol.l)

3. The most common complication during the latter half of the first trimester is:

A. Preeclampsia

B. Retinopathy

C. Hyperglycemia

D. Hypoglycemia

4. Which is true about exercise during pregnancy:

A. It is generally discouraged unless you were exercising prior to becoming pregnant

B. It is essential that your heart rate not exceed 100 beats per minute

C. It should be avoided if your blood pressure is not well controlled

D. It will help the baby’s heart grow stronger

5. Major risks to the baby include all of the following except:

A. Nervous system and cardiac defects during the 1st trimester.

B. Premature labor or complicated birth due to excessive growth.

C. Hyperactivity due to excess sugar exposure.

D. Being born hypoglycemic due to excessive insulin production.

Answers: C, A, C, B, E

  • Answered 4 or 5 correctly?  Nice job, Professor!  Looks like you know your stuff.  Maybe you could teach a course on this subject! But there are always new things to learn.
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