is high blood sugar (glucose) that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. Pregnant women with gestational diabetes tend to have larger babies at birth. This can increase the chance of problems at the time of delivery.
This article discusses the diet recommendations for women with gestational diabetes who do NOT take insulin.
Gestational diabetes diet
Eating a balanced diet is an important part of any pregnancy. The food you eat helps your baby grow and develop while in the womb. Diet is even more important if you have diabetes. Most of the time, eating properly can keep your blood sugar (glucose) levels from becoming too high or too low. Eating properly can also help you avoid needing medications for your diabetes.
You can help manage gestational diabetes with diet and exercise. Every pregnancy is different. Your doctor and dietitian will create a diet just for you, based...
Pregnancy Tracker: 39 weeks Size of the Baby: 8 pounds, more or less Biggest Obstacle: Just a lot of anticipation! Friday was my last day of work before starting maternity leave. The day flew by because we had a non-stress test and doctor's appointment in the afternoon. This would be my final set of appointments before the induction. It was a big day! Quite an entourage joined the doctor, Dennis, and me in the exam room, including another OB, a nurse, and my Certified Diabetes Educator. Apparently they knew it was a big day too! My doctor was focused on the baby's size, particularly whether the baby's belly had grown very much. We only had access to the regular ultrasound machine in the exam room, which is not all that precise. The two OBs measured the baby's belly three separate times to try to get an accurate picture of its size. During this process, my doctor mentioned that our results could either be a "y...
What is gestational diabetes mellitus? Pregnancy has typically been viewed as a statement of health, as it should be. In the midst of morning sickness, heartburn, exhaustion, and the excitement of pregnancy, women might be oblivious to other changes in their bodies that lead to developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Gestational diabetes is defined as the development of glucose intolerance with the onset or first recognition during pregnancy. This is not to be confused with previously diagnosed diabetes. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed as the result of routine glucose tolerance screening on an otherwise healthy population of women. In women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin are unable to produce enough insulin to meet the body's needs. The beta cell defects in gestational diabetes result from the same causes as hyperglycemia in general, and includes autoimmune disease, genetic, and insulin resistance causes. Gesta...
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