How to manage gestational diabetes

Aug 31 , 2020

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Reinaldo Garcia

How to manage gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a disorder that affects pregnant women who have not had diabetes before.

Gestational diabetes occurs as a result of the blocking of the action of insulin that can occur due to the great hormonal change during pregnancy, it usually appears in the middle of pregnancy, so controls are usually carried out between week 24 and 28 of pregnancy. Depending on the level of gestational diabetes, this can be controlled through diet and physical exercise, but there are also times when the future mother will need insulin.

It is very important to control sugar levels in pregnant women with gestational diabetes, in addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, since if the blood sugar level is too high or low it can cause problems in the mother and baby such as preeclampsia, premature delivery or an overgrown baby.

But if we maintain basic care, treat ourselves and control our sugar level, the pregnancy can develop without major problems, with diabetes disappearing after delivery.

What can we do to control gestational diabetes? Controlled, balanced and healthy diet based on an adapted nutritional plan.

Get regular moderate physical exercise, such as walking or swimming. Control weight gain during pregnancy, trying to maintain our recommended weight at each stage.

Follow the specialist's instructions to control your sugar levels daily and follow the insulin treatment if they have prescribed it for you.

Gestational diabetes usually disappears after pregnancy, it is also recommended that you carry out regular checks to ensure that the levels remain stable and prevent the onset of diabetes.


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