Insulin Resistance

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I have just been diagnosed with insulin resistance and have begun my treatment. How long before I would become pregnant

ANSWER

Diabetes does not change your chances of becoming pregnant unless you are seriously overweight. However, your doctor may want you to delay pregnancy until your blood sugars are stable.

If you are on insulin, your pregnancy would be considered higher risk, and you should consult a specialist before conceiving.

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.