Gestational Diabetes

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What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs when a pregnant woman's body simply can't process all of the sugar in her body. There are some common facts that every woman should know about gestational diabetes and pregnancy nutrition.

* If you are over 40, have delivered a baby that was 10 pounds or larger, or have already had gestational diabetes in prior pregnancies, you are at an increased risk.

* Gestational diabetes typically disappears a few weeks after delivery.

* You may have an increased risk of developing diabetes later in life if you experienced gestational diabetes.

* Gestational diabetes can often be controlled with diet and exercise.

* You'll be tested for gestational diabetes in the first few months of pregnancy.

* If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a certifited dietician will help you plan a healthy diet that is high in vegetables, fruits, and fiber and low in carbs and sweets.

Always consult with your doctor for medical diagnosis, or if you experience any problems.

   

Comments

2/21/2009 6:31:36 PM
Tabi said:

I have the opposite, and I believe commonly overlooked problem... hypoglycemia... It gets worse during pregnancy, although it is always an issue... I was diagnosed with it upon conclusion of the gestational diabetes test... Any tips on how to deal with this???




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