Can I take Humulin if I am pregnant?

Humulin, a man-made form of the hormone called insulin, is considered safe and effective in pregnant women. Insulin is normally made by the body and is essential in keeping blood sugar levels steady. People with type 1 diabetes can’t make their own insulin, so they need to inject themselves with a man-made version that can do the job.

Humulin does not cross the placenta during pregnancy, so it will not harm a developing fetus. In fact, it can keep the fetus safe, since persistently high blood sugar raises the risk that you'll miscarry or go into labor too early. Women with diabetes who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should talk with their doctor about effective blood sugar control.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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