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How to manage Gestational Diabetes?

How to manage Gestational Diabetes?

Once you have diagnosed that you are having gestational diabetes, you have to regularly monitor and manage your condition for a healthy pregnancy. Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy. If you want to know what is gestational diabetes, read our first blog in the series.

Gestational diabetes can be managed by following:

  • Regular checking of blood sugar level.
  • Monitoring of urine for ketones.
  • Follow a specific dietary plan advised by your doctor.
  • Following a disciplined exercise regime. Follow your doctor’s recommendations.
  • Monitor your weight gain regularly.
  • Taking insulin, if required. Do as your doctor prescribes.
  • Keep your high blood pressure under control.

 How to monitor blood sugar levels?

Keep a testing kit with you at home and test your blood sugar frequently. This will help you stay informed if your exercise and eating patterns are keeping your blood sugar levels in control. Keep a daily food diary and record your home blood sugar levels. Through this, your doctor will evaluate how well your blood sugar levels are controlled and will recommend if changes are required in your treatment plan.
Do you need Insulin for gestational diabetes?
It completely depends on your blood sugar monitoring results, your doctor will suggest if you are required to take insulin in the form of injections during pregnancy. If so, you will be taught how to take insulin injections. While taking injections you have to be particular about your diet and exercises.

What changes you should make in your diet?

  • Do not miss the meals and eat three small meals along with 2-3 snacks breaks. Carbohydrate intake should be 40% – 45% of your total calories intake.
  • Eat two servings of crackers or cereal before getting out of bed to tackle morning sickness.
  • Choose highfiber foods like whole meal bread, cereals, rice, pasta, fruits and vegetables.
  • Fats consumption should be less.
  • Drink about 10-12 glasses of liquids daily.

How can exercises help?

Do regular and moderate exercise after consulting your doctor. While doing exercise always carry some sugar in the form of glucose tablets or boiled sweets. Eat some fruits or the equivalent of 15 grams of carbohydrate for 30 minutes of exercises.

Hopefully, the above mentioned points would help you in fighting gestational diabetes and enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

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