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Everything you need to know about Gestational diabetes

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Today, we are going to discuss everything you need to know about diabetes during pregnancy also known as gestational diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a common condition and it happens to several women. This condition can be easily managed with a healthy diet and exercise

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is defined as a high blood sugar level. This type of diabetes develops only during pregnancy.

Signs and symptoms of gestational diabetes:

Some of the common symptoms of gestational diabetes include:

● Frequent urination

● An increased thirst

● Fatigue

● Nausea and vomiting

● Weight loss even with increased appetite

● Blurred vision

● Yeast infection

Can you get gestational diabetes if not pregnant?

Gestational diabetes occurs only in pregnant women due to fluctuating body hormones. Which means it is only a pregnancy-related disease.

Is gestational diabetes harmful?

Gestational Diabetes is not dangerous. If it is controlled with a healthy diet and exercise it has no harm for you and your infant at all.

Can gestational diabetes go on its own?

Usually, gestational diabetes disappears after childbirth. But some pregnant women also develop type 2 diabetes after childbirth.

Guideline for a meal plan during gestational diabetes:

● Eat fresh, less, and healthy.

● Eat food rich in protein and nutrients.

● Consume a balanced amount of carbohydrates and fats.

● Add more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet.

Food to eat with gestational diabetes:

● Eat a variety of healthy snacks.

● You can enjoy snacks made with Fresh and Frozen Vegetables.

● You can also eat Veggie omelets.

Other food includes:

● Steel-cut oatmeal topped with pumpkin seeds.

● Unsweetened coconut

● Berries.

● Fresh fruit paired with nuts or nut butter.

● Turkey or chicken breast.

● Baked fish such as salmon and trout.

● Sweet potato toast topped with mashed avocado and cherry tomatoes.

● Unsweetened Greek yogurt topped with sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and diced apple.

● Berries are low in sugar and high in fiber.

Things to avoid during gestational diabetes:

● Avoid overeating.

● Eat a balanced amount of carbohydrates.

● Limit or avoid processed food such as:

o White bread

o Fast food

o Alcoholic beverages

o Baked goods such as cakes donuts muffins

o Freud food

o Sugary drinks

o Sweetened beverages

o Candy

o Starchy foods

o Sweetened cereals

o Sweetened oatmeal

Compilation with gestational diabetes:

Following are some complications with gestational diabetes during pregnancy:

● Weight gain

● Difficulty in delivery

● High blood pressure

Treatment of gestational diabetes:

Gestational diabetes can be easily managed with a healthy diet and exercise. Healthy food along with physical activities is ideal to get rid of gestational diabetes.

It is better to consult your doctor before starting any kind of exercise.

In some cases, women need medication such as metformin or injectable insulin. This will help to lower blood sugar.

Consulting a registered dietitian will help you with meal planning. He/She will help you to make a healthy diet plan with your favorite foods.

Final thoughts:

Gestational diabetes during your pregnancy is not a matter of concern. A healthy diet accompanied by exercise will help to treat it.

Talk to your health care provider about the right food and physical activity. He or she will recommend the best treatment after observing your medical condition that will help to promote a healthy pregnancy.


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