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Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy

Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy

Managing Diabetes
Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy

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Diabetes

Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy

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You might be less aware of a type of diabetes that specifically affects pregnant women and is known as gestational diabetes. It is known to affect at least 5 in every 100 expectant women who did not have diabetes before pregnancy. You might be concerned about gestational diabetes, but the good news is that it can be successfully managed! Here’s how you can take care of yourself.1

Do's

  • Choose nutritious carbohydrate-containing foods such as whole grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables1
  • Eat meals on a regular basis, which mainly means planning for at least 3 meals, and avoid long gaps in between1
  • Find an activity that you like since you are more likely to do it and try to be active in your daily life*1
  • Check your blood sugar often, as directed by your doctor, and any time you have symptoms of low blood sugar2
  • Have routine checkups and get your blood sugar checked by your doctor every 1 to 3 years after pregnancy2

 

Dont's

  • Do not consume excess amounts of sugar; reduce your intake of processed foods, mainly sugary drinks, snacks and desserts
  • Do not forget to think about portion sizes as it will help you manage glucose levels and weight gain1
  • Do not forget to hydrate yourself properly and do not overdo any activity, particularly when you first start*1
  • Do not forget to carry with you a quick source of sugar like hard candy or fruit juice with you, and meet your doctor regularly2
  • Do not forget to talk to your doctor about your plans for more children before your next pregnancy2

 

*Always check with your doctor if you are uncomfortable with or unsure of any particular activity.1

 

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*This is for patient education purposes only. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.

References

  1. Diabetes UK. Gestational diabetes. Available from: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/resources-s3/2017-08/0302A-gestational-diabetes-guide-0915.pdf. As accessed on: 26/4/2018.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes and pregnancy: Gestational diabetes. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/documents/Diabetes_and_Pregnancy508.pdf. As accessed on: 26/4/2018.