I did not become familiar with gestational diabetes until recently when my sister-in-law and best friend were diagnosed with it. Many women I know, myself included, have made it through pregnancies without having any serious problems like gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a disease that can come on during pregnancy but usually disappears once the baby has been born. In some women, pregnancy results in their blood sugar levels getting out of balance.
Gestational Diabetes Blood Sugar Problems:
A pregnant woman might realize that she is having blood sugar problems on her own. However, it might take a doctor to determine that her levels are not normal. Regardless of how it is discovered, gestational diabetes is a serious issue that needs to be handled. It needs to be handled with caution and care throughout a woman’s pregnancy and afterwards.
My sister-in-law and my closest friend were struggling with feeling abnormally up and down during their pregnancies. Their doctors took blood tests and determined that blood sugar levels were affected by their pregnancies and food choices.
They were both diagnosed simply by having this blood work done. At first they were hesitant and scared because gestational diabetes sounded huge. As well they didn’t know how relatively simple the treatment process could be.
Gestational diabetes, primarily an imbalance of blood sugar, can often be regulated by changes in diet and levels of exercise. The amount of changes that are necessary are dependant upon how poor of habits the women have to begin with.
Making Changes in the Diet:
My sister-in-law and my friend had to make different levels of changes to their diets. However, neither had to make such significant changes that their lifestyle was radically altered.
Mostly their changes consisted of going on a low-sugar and low-carb eating plan. Diabetes brings a risk of the baby getting to large during and needing to be delivered early or by C-section. The more the mother cuts down on sugar intake, the less likely the baby will get too large to be delivered vaginally.
If you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant take some time and learn about ways to prevent diabetes. It is the best for you and your baby.
Prevention is always a better option than having to find a solution to high blood sugar levels. Be wise with your food and exercise choices from the start and you should be able to avoid dealing with gestational diabetes in your pregnancies. Talk with your doctor and take every possible precaution.