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Pregnancy

Managing Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be problematic for women with LPLD or one of the related conditions.

Triglyceride levels rise naturally in the third trimester (6-9 months) which can lead to a higher risk of pancreatitis, dangerous to both the mother and her unborn child.  Before beginning a pregnancy it is useful to reduce your triglyceride levels to as low as possible.

It is important that triglyceride levels are monitored closely during pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes: Women with LPLD  have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes.  Raised blood glucose levels (also called blood sugar levels) are turned to fat which cannot be processed.  It is important that you are monitored regularly for diabetes.

Gestational diabetes usually disappears a week or two after the baby is born.  Having gestational diabetes can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes at a later date.

Breastfeeding: Breast milk from a woman with LPLD or a related condition is unlikely to contain all the necessary nutrients for a growing baby.  It is recommended that breast milk is supplemented with bottle-feeds. It is, however, important to breast feed for the first three days because the breast milk contains colostrum, a source of valuable antibodies which can protect against early infections.