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Hav­ing a pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion such as di­a­betes can com­pli­cate a preg­nancy, and to re­main healthy it’s im­por­tant to mon­i­tor any con­di­tion prop­erly. “If a preg­nant woman has di­a­betes, glu­cose self-mon­i­tor­ing should be per­formed as needed to achieve A1C and glycemic tar­gets, gen­er­ally pre-meals; one or two hours af­ter break­fast, lunch, and din­ner; and at bed­time.” High blood pres­sure is an­other risk: “The de­ci­sion to treat hy­per­ten­sion dur­ing preg­nancy should con­sider the risks and ben­e­fits for both mother and fe­tus. The level of blood pres­sure is the most im­por­tant fac­tor: Treat­ment of se­vere hy­per­ten­sion (sys­tolic BP ≥160 mmhg and/or di­as­tolic BP ≥110 mmhg) is al­ways rec­om­mended be­cause it is be­lieved to re­duce the risk of ma­ter­nal stroke.”

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