Diabetes during Pregnancy

Gestational Diabetes occurs during first pregnancy and usually presents itself in many ways. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Unnecessary tiredness
  • Excessive urinal frequency and
  • Always feeling thirsty amongst others.

The good thing is that it normally disappears after the birth of the baby and the bad is that, if not controlled early a baby can be born with life threatening defects like jaundice and or low blood sugar.

Gestational Diabetes Prevention is possible if a mother to be takes action early enough in lowering its occurrence.  Since it is normally caused by insulin resistance in the body one can choose to have a few lifestyle changes namely:-

  • Eat a wholesome diet and if possible avoid bad fats at all.
  • Shed all unnecessary weight before pregnancy.
  • Become active – exercise at least 30 minutes every other day.  This will help increase the heart rate.
  • Avoid, and if possible stop smoking and eating of excessive salt, sugars, sugary or alcoholic beverages should also be put on hold until after the baby is born.

Gestational Diabetes Prevention should be the desire of anyone intending to get pregnant whether they have any form of diabetes or not.  Controlling of blood sugar is a must.  Too much sugary foods make one a better candidate for diabetes.  One important factor is that it is important to see doctor for advice regarding diet and any exercises.  Do not at any time go on a diet or excessive exercise without the help of your medical practitioner.

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