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What Is Gestational Diabetes?

on Oct 18, 2013

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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All about Gestational Diabetes

If you're pregnant and your doctor has diagnosed you with gestational diabetes, find out all about gestational diabetes, what to eat, what not to eat, and how to control this condition.

Gestational diabetes is no different from diabetes. To say it in simple words, diabetes that occurs during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes. Just like with regular diabetes, you will see that the blood sugar levels are higher in your body when you have gestational diabetes. It is usually in the second trimester that the doctor will be able to tell you that you have gestational diabetes. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Can harm baby

The reason why this is a big deal is that gestational diabetes can easily harm your baby. For one, abnormal growth has been detected due to gestational diabetes. Besides that your baby might suffer from a wide range of birth complications. Even though gestational diabetes will die out with your pregnancy, you have to worry about it because there are higher chances of being struck with regular diabetes later on in life.

Common condition

If the doctor has diagnosed gestational diabetes in your case, there is no need to panic. It is not uncommon at all. Au contraire it is very common! Though you can’t get rid of it completely, you can control it in a number of ways. Your diet must be healthy throughout pregnancy and even afterwards to reduce risks of future diabetes. Keeping it in control is very important for the sake of your baby.

No carbs

Yes, you should avoid all carbohydrate-laden foods when you have gestational diabetes. Cereals, bread, and pasta are a big no. This might be a problem for you because most meals are loaded with carbs. Taking extreme care is thus very important.

No sweets

To say it straight, stay away from ALL sweets. Replace them with whole grains, starchy vegetables, and beans.

Six small meals

Also, don’t eat only three meals. Break them down into six smaller meals per day. Two of these six meals must have fruits and three must have vegetables. Concentrate on eating more fibrous foods.

Eat Lots of Protein

Whole grains, dairy products, meat, eggs, beans, and nuts are the choices to go for. You should eat enough proteins everyday. If you want to eat dairy products, make sure you eat either low-fat products or zero-fat dairy products. It is good to eat dairy products because they have calcium but because of your condition, you should eat only those that barely have any fat in them. Meat should also be low fat.

Fats

You have to take in fats because your unborn baby needs the fat. You can’t control fat intake, thus. If there are no fats, your baby’s brain development will be hampered. Another advantage of eating fats is that your hunger pangs will be in check and you won’t overeat. On your part, you should consume on unsaturated fats. Keep away from foods such as pork, butter, beef, and cheese because they have saturated fat, olive oil, canola oil, and safflower oil have unsaturated fat.

Weight gain

Weight gain is inevitable during pregnancy because you have to eat for your child too. However, if you are suffering with gestational diabetes, you don’t have to worry about gaining weight. Your doctor will help you with that and will tell you what weight you should maintain for the health of your baby and to keep diabetes in check.

Always be in touch with your doctor.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

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