Pregnancy Diabetes: What it means for you
Is gestational diabetes such a big deal?
Honestly, the answer is yes and no. Yes. You are going to need to make some major changes. Yes. You are going to have to change your diet and lifestyle. Yes. You need to pay close attention to the instruction and advice given to you by your healthcare professionals.
But do you need to panic? No.
The reality is, although gestational diabetes does have the potential to be harmful and cause you to feel poorly, treating it is relatively simple. If you follow the advice of your doctors and make changes to your diet and lifestyle, you are very likely to have a normal, happy, healthy pregnancy.
Modern medicine and the knowledge accumulated over the years means that doctors have a really good grasp on how to care for women with gestational diabetes.
The biggest challenge for many mothers with gestational diabetes is the sometimes major dietary changes that need to be made. Your diet will affect your health and the outcome of your diabetes more than anything else. This is because what you eat has the biggest impact on your blood glucose levels.
You will have to be diligent about monitoring your intake of sugar and carbohydrates. Fruit is another food that you may have to limit, because natural sugars can also raise your blood sugar levels.
Aside from changing what you eat, you may need to make other lifestyle choices. One of these changes is not just what you eat, but HOW you eat. Most doctors recommend eating five or six small meals a day rather than three large meals to help keep your glucose levels stable throughout the day.
Your doctor may also recommend changes to your exercise regimen.
Especially if you tend to lead a very sedentary life, as many do. You may notice these changes the most. Getting exercise is not only great for your body and overall health, but it can help your body to keep those blood sugar levels stabilized. Not to mention, make labor and delivery a lot easier.
Follow Doctor’s Orders
Diet and lifestyle changes are the most prescribed treatment for gestational diabetes. However, in some cases medication and other treatments may be deemed necessary. While some of these may not be entirely pleasant, remember that it all comes down to keeping you and your unborn baby safe and healthy. So make the very best effort to follow the diet plan set out for you by your healthcare professionals, make whatever lifestyle changes necessary, and follow up with all appointments, medications, and other instructions handed to you.
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