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Dealing with Gestational Diabetes - Maintaining Sugar Levels

Updated on December 9, 2012

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes is when a woman has elevated sugar levels during pregnancy. These levels are supposed to be under 90 when you wake up in the morning and under 120, two hours after each meal throughout the day. During every pregnancy, the mother will have to be tested. Before the test, the mother will have to drink a sugar based liquid. wait an hour and then have blood drawn. The next step is getting the results back. If he results come back over 120 the doctor will schedule what they call the three hour test. During this visit, the mother will have to drink the sugary liquid substance again and then one hour later have blood drawn and then again for each consecutive hour after for the next three. The results should be in within a week and the the mother will know what to do next. If the levels are still elevated, the mother will have to set an appointment with a dietitian to be educated on how they will have to altar their diet. They will also be given a meter, test strips and a prescription for refills on strips so they can continuously check their blood sugar.

Pros of Maintaining Sugar Levels with Diet

There are many advantages to maintaining sugar levels with diet. This is the best option for pregnant women. One pro is that there will not be any use for insulin during the pregnancy If levels stay elevated and/or you can keep up with the diet, insulin would be the next step. Another is that controlling it with diet leaves you out of the high risk pregnancy category. Being unable to control levels would put you in to high risk pregnancy. Larger than normal babies can result from this, along with more difficulties during labor. Maintaining diet will also keep you and your baby healthier during the most critical time of your pregnancy. Also, if levels are maintain for a couple weeks your doctor may cut down the amount of times you have test your blood each day. It is normal to start off testing it four times a day. Once when you wake up, and again two hours after each meal. As you can tell, maintaining sugar levels can reduce the worry and stress of what you may have to deal with if they are not maintained.

Dealing With this Life Change

Changing your diet from what you are used to could cause stress and difficulty in your life. Remembering that this is about your and your baby's health will keep you on track. After all, that is the most important thing. The diet change needs to be a life change, not just a for now change. Maintaining this diet on a normal basis will mean a healthier future for moms and could result in passing down good eating habits. These are good values to pass on.

Long Term Effects

Women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes are more likely to have soe form of diabetes later in life. This is why it is so important to control diabetes with diet. Doing so will reduced the risk of adult diabetes.

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