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Top 5 Ways to Treat Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition that sometimes occurs in pregnant women generally around the 28th week. The presence of this condition is not an indicator that the mother had diabetes before she became pregnant, and neither does it mean she will have diabetes after she delivers her baby.

It is true that women who have had gestational diabetes are at risk for type 2 diabetes in the future after their delivery, but their health caregiver will continue to work with them after the baby is born to monitor and manage their blood glucose levels.

When an expectant mother is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, the doctor will advise her about monitoring blood sugar levels and following a gestational diabetes diet. It is essential to follow all recommended guidelines for the health and safety of both the mother and the baby.

Gestational Diabetes Symptoms

What are some of the gestational diabetes symptoms? The body is already going through substantial changes due to the pregnancy alone, so how does an expectant mom know when she may be at risk for gestational diabetes?

Unfortunately, there are not really any symptoms or signs to indicate that gestational diabetes is present. In the regular prenatal care routine, blood sugar will be monitored and if the condition does develop (and it only does in about 4% of pregnant women), checkups will be scheduled more often during the last trimester so the health caregiver can monitor the health of both mother and baby.

Gestational Diabetes Diet and Blood Sugar Management

More is known today about gestational diabetes than in prior years, and management and control is possible by way of diet, exercise, and medication depending on the severity of the condition.

Physicians do not advise expectant mothers to diet or lose weight during their pregnancy term. Both mother and baby need proper nutrition. However, it is wise to follow doctor guidelines for diet and avoid excess weight gain which can cause further complications for women with gestational diabetes.

Foods a doctor will most likely advise the patient to eat on a gestational diabetes diet will include:

* Fruits
* Vegetables
* Whole grains
* Restricted amounts of highly refined carbohydrates
* Limited sweets * High fiber nutritious foods, low in both calories and fat
* Proper amounts of calcium and possibly from sources other than milk (yogurt, cheese)

Other gestational diabetes diet tips to follow include:

* Do not skip meals; three meals a day and regularly schedule snack breaks are advised, and skipping snacks or meals is not recommended.
* Insulin resistance is greatest in the earlier hours of the day, so save the carbohydrates for lunch or dinner meals instead of breakfast.
* Vitamins and minerals are important, especially during pregnancy. Ask your caregiver and/or dietician about a prenatal vitamin to make sure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs.
* Be sure to drink enough liquids each day, avoiding sugar loaded soft drinks and opting for healthy juice drinks and water instead.

In summary, the top 5 ways to treat gestational diabetes are:
1. By following a gestational diabetes diet
2. Moderately exercising several times per week following caregiver guidelines
3. Taking medication only as prescribed by your physician
4. Keeping all scheduled appointments for blood sugar checks
5. Monitoring your own blood sugar on a daily basis

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