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: 34 weeks, 3 days Size of the Baby: Over 5 pounds now. Biggest Obstacle: Getting the baby to move from against my ribs! With my due date only six weeks away, we're starting to plan (as much as possible) the birth. The hospital where we'll deliver is conveniently located less than a mile from our home and on Wednesday evening we headed over for a tour of Labor and Delivery. We're already fairly familiar with this hospital after attending our six-week child birth class there. It's nice to have everything mapped out, including where to park when we arrive, since we'll probably not be very relaxed when I'm actually in labor! The tour itself was pretty basic. First, all seven or eight couples gathered in a conference room to review hospital procedures. We were given detailed instructions on which parking lots and entry doors to use, depending on the time of day or night we come to the hospital. It seems th...
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. Diabetes is when your blood glucose level is too high. According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, between three and eight percent of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes. Although the exact cause of gestational diabetes is not known, there are some theories. One is that hormones found in the placenta to help the baby grow block insulin from working in the mother. This creates insulin resistance. The mother’s body is not able to make and use the insulin it needs and blood glucose levels rise. Who is at Risk to Develop Gestational Diabetes? Any woman that is pregnant is at risk for developing gestational diabetes, however, there are some risk factors that increase the chances of developing this condition. If you have any of the following risk factors, talk with your doctor about regular screenings to help keep you, and your baby, healthy. Age: Wom...
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