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.



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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