How To Avoid Having Gestational Diabetes

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Back when I was pregnant with my first child (now almost 4 months old), I was warned that I could be diagnosed with what they called “gestational diabetes” with all the sweets that I was indulging in. It sounded pretty scary, but as it turns out, it’s not so hard to avoid.

Gestational Diabetes is a pregnancy complication that even women without diabetes prior to getting pregnant can get diagnosed with following their first trimester (screened at 24-28 weeks). If treated, it can go away instantly or right after child birth. Doctors and midwives help you stay in the clear so you and your child don’t run the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

To do your part, here are a couple of ways that you can avoid getting it:

1. Eat healthy

As you already should be doing even before getting pregnant and most especially while you are carrying a baby, ditch the junk food that don’t do your body and your baby any good and choose healthier options. Eat more veggies and food that are high in fiber and low in fat and calories.

2. Avoid sugary food

While it’s completely fine—and even encouraged!—that you indulge in some of your favorite, arguably sinful snacks (especially those that you suddenly crave), remember to have them in moderation. If you don’t know what moderate is, it would be safe to go for half of what you think you would go for if you were told that you can have as many as you want. Don’t have ice cream and cookies after every meal for a week. If you feel that your craving is too strong, you might want to opt for sugar-free ice cream or frozen yogurt so you don’t take in as much sugar.

3. Stay active

Pregnancy is an excuse to stay on the safe side and get all the rest you want and need for your and your baby’s safety. However, it’s also important that you keep moving, do a couple of exercises and enjoy leisurely walks that will get your blood running, your limbs stretched and protect you from developing gestational diabetes.

4. Lose excess pounds 

Wait a minute, this doesn’t mean you should go on a diet while you’re pregnant. You definitely shouldn’t shed any of those pounds, whether added or since pre-baby, while your little one is getting food from your system. Go on a healthy diet before you plan on getting pregnant so you can lose some excess pounds and avoid putting on so much weight instead while pregnant.

For more info about gestational diabetes, consult your obstetrician or family doctor.

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