Do’s and Don’ts of Gestational Diabetes!

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Do’s and Don’ts of Gestational Diabetes!

Do’s and Don’ts of Gestational Diabetes!

Gestational Diabetes is a common condition amongst pregnant women. Women, who do not have diabetes before, may develop gestational diabetes while pregnant. They are also at a risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in their lives. For this, you need to follow some do’s and don’ts to keep your blood sugar under control and make sure that diabetes doesn’t harm you and your baby.

DO check your blood sugar levels regularly

To reduce the risk of complications from gestational diabetes, close monitoring and managing of blood sugar levels are essential. Your blood sugar should be less than 95 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) while fasting, your two-hour postprandial blood sugar level should be less than 120 mg/dL and your one-hour postprandial blood sugar should be less than 130 mg/dL.

DO consult a registered dietitian

Consult a dietitian to learn how to manage your gestational diabetes. They will teach you, when and how to check your blood sugar levels, what adjustments are required in your diet and exercise pattern and how to take prescribed medications on time.

DO take prescribed medication

Some women are offered Insulin to help control blood sugar levels. Surely, take them on time.

DO eat carbohydrates

Carbohydrates must be an important part of your diet. Usually, an average person requires 135 grams of carbohydrates daily, but during gestational diabetes, you need 175 grams a day. Prefer, eating whole grains, fruits (with skin), vegetables, dairy products and high fiber foods.

DO Exercise
Even without diabetes, some regular physical activity is recommended during pregnancy. But if you are gestational diabetic, being active is a necessity. Do any one of these- swimming, water aerobics or walking.

DO take enough sleep

Sleep well to ensure your body gets enough rest, which is pretty much evident due to your pregnancy.

DO schedule follow-up

Unfortunately, having gestational diabetes increases your risk of developing diabetes later in life or in your future pregnancy; make sure you get your diabetes screening in every three years.

DON’T consume sweet drinks

Avoid juice, sweet tea, soda, and any drink with added sugar. They can raise your blood sugars instantaneously. Water and low-fat milk are good options.

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