Diabetes and Pregnancy

Statistics provided by the American Diabetes Association note that about 4% of pregnant women end up with gestational diabetes.  This is a condition where women who have not had diabetes in the past develop it when they are pregnant. Most often this happens in the last trimester of the pregnancy.

The women who develop diabetes when pregnant don’t go on to develop Type 2 diabetes.  In fact they often find after giving birth that their insulin levels return to normal. The condition is triggered by the pregnancy hormones where the women will develop high blood glucose levels.  This condition is often referred to as hyperglycemia.

A pregnant woman will be treated during her pregnancy since there aren’t any birth defects associated with this condition. This is not the case with women who are already diabetic when they become pregnant. It is important to treat the diabetes since it could affect the child and result in what is know as a “fat baby”.

Although a fat baby may be considered healthy this is not the case. If the child is too large to fit the birth canal the mother may require a cesarean. As well babies who are born obese can have breathing problems or they themselves can develop diabetes.

Diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes, can be treatment usually with insulin injections.

One way to protect yourself from getting diabetes while pregnant is to have a healthy weight prior to becoming pregnant and as well to follow a healthy food plan and get regular exercise.

Following the Glycemic Index is a good idea as it can tell you what foods to avoid and what foods you should eat to maintain your health and well-being.

If you need some help with what to eat during pregnancy talk to your doctor or get them to refer you to a nutritionist. Also, if you have a history of diabetes in your family you should talk to your doctor to find the best way to take care of yourself so you can avoid becoming diabetic during your pregnancy.

Should you be diagnosed with diabetes during your pregnancy know that it may only be temporary and that you can avoid it all together with a little planning.  Just make sure you talk to your doctor and follow their advice.

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