If you have a 6 month old baby - had gestational diabetes with that pregnancy - and just found out that you are pregnant again is it safe to stay pregnant?
- Yes, it is. You may be considered high risk by some care providers, because of the previous GD but otherwise, you should be fine.
- We usually encourage people to wait at least one year after a vaginal birth and two years after a Cesarean section before trying to be pregnant again. Most physicians now will recommend that women either not attempt VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean) or do so with the understanding that if anything looks unfavorable, the threshold for going right to a Cesarean section would be very low. The reason is that recent research has shown that attempting labor after having a Cesarean greatly increases the chance of uterine rupture. But again, most physicians would recommend that you let things heal for a couple years before trying to become pregnant again (although you may hear different answers).
- Here is the news release that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) placed on their website in 2004 regarding recommendation against VBAC: acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr10-29-04-1.cfm