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Established Ways to Avert Complications in Gestational Diabetes

Pregnancy is a tough phase and diabetes can add to the trouble. It is very essential to know correct measures to control your blood sugar levels in order to ensure a healthy pregnancy. These tips will help.

Pregnancy By Vasudha Bhat / Sep 01, 2014

Uncomplicating Pregnancy

Pregnancy in itself is a critical stage that demands a long list of do’s and don’ts to stay fit and to avert complications. However, if you suffer from gestational diabetes the instruction list extends a little further. This must be done in order to prevent diabetes from harming pregnancy. Having a healthy pregnancy with gestational diabetes is no myth. It can be achieved with a little extra care, a good diet and good exercise plan. So, here are few do’s and don’ts that must be followed if you are suffering from gestational diabetes.

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Do Keep a Check on your Blood Sugar Level

To have a risk-free pregnancy, you must keep a check on your fasting and psotpranidal blood sugar levels, says obstetrician/gynaecologist Asha Heard, MD, assistant professor at Louisiana State University of Medicine in New Orleans. The fasting blood sugar level should always be less than 95 milligrams per deciliter. The two-hour postprandial blood sugar level should never exceed 120mg/dL and the one-hour postprandial blood sugar level must be less than 130 mg/dL.

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Do Keep in Touch with a Dietician

You must always stay in touch with an instructor who can educate you about checking your blood sugar levels and can suggest you changes that need to be made in the diet and activity level to keep blood sugar levels under control. A dietician can also suggest you ways on how to take the prescribed medication for the condition.

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Do Take your Prescribed Medication

You may be prescribed with medications to put a control on blood sugar and this may include insulin. There are researches that show that despite the fact that one in three pregnant women suffering from gestational diabetes will be in need of insulin, women worry a lot about the dangers posed by its use.

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Do Consume More Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates must form an important part of your diet, especially during pregnancy. They provide energy to your body and help the baby to develop. According to registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Meredith Nguyen, RD, on staff at Methodist Charlton Medical Center Diabetes Self-Management Program in Dallas “the average person needs 135 grams of carbohydrates daily, but if you have gestational diabetes, that increases to 175 grams a day”.

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Do Not Drink Sweetened Drinks

Drinks with added sugar like juice, sweet tea, or sodas must not find a place inside your house. Sweet drinks are a rich source of sugar that can shoot up your blood sugar levels drastically. Choosing water and low-fat milk is always the best option for you.

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Do Exercise

Even if you aren’t suffering from diabetes, doing physical activities during pregnancy is important. But, if you have gestational diabetes, regular exercise becomes a must. Choose light exercises that do not put you at risk of complications. You can swim or walk to stay fit without putting strain on your pregnancy.

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Do Sleep Properly

A research has shown a strong relation between not getting enough sleep and the risk of gestational diabetes. Also, if you snore it indicates poor blood sugar levels and gestational diabetes. Sleeplessness is a part of pregnancy for many women but, you must keep your doctor informed as soon as you begin to face trouble having sound sleep.

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Do Some Research on Breastfeeding

It is highly recommended for women suffering from gestational diabetes to exclusively breastfeed their child, which means breast milk is the only source of nutrition for the baby. This, however, is a common rule for all new mothers and their babies.

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