Tackle Gestational Diabetes NOW
Let’s talk about gestational
diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy. There are about 200,000 new cases each
year. Usually about half way through the pregnancy, blood testing is done to
check on the blood sugar levels, to be sure that they are in the normal range.
This is often the time during pregnancy when the sugar levels will rise. If
there is a diagnosis of gestational diabetes, it is important to make lifestyle
changes to get those sugar levels back to the normal range.
If you have gestational diabetes, your doctor may suggest that you use a glucose meter to check blood sugar levels
during the day. Blood sugar or glucose goals: fasting: 95 or less; 1 hour after eating: 140 or
less and 2 hours after eating: 120 or
less (or whatever level you and your doctor decide is best for you and the baby).
Keep an eye on your food choices if you have gestational diabetes:
Other tips for controlling gestational diabetes:
get in daily
exercise or physical activity
achieve a healthy weight gain, as set by your doctor
get blood pressure checks when
So what happens if you do not address the gestational
diabetes and those blood sugar levels run higher during pregnancy? You might
get a larger baby – and that might require a c-section, and there are greater
delivery risks. The baby may actually have a blood sugar that is too low, and
that is not good.
About 6 weeks after the baby safely arrives, you should
have a blood test to find out if your sugar is back to normal. If it is normal,
you will want to be checked at least every 3 years, because your risk for
diabetes is now higher. If it is slightly elevated, then it should be checked at
least yearly. And then get back to a healthy weight with good food choices and
exercise to avoid developing type 2 diabetes down the road.