Gestational diabetes mellitus, or GDM, is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. It is Never Too Early…To Prevent Diabetes . Unity is strength get together and don't give diabetes a chance to be a part of your family.
Did you know that? A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is a healthy meal plan for everyone.
- Choose foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fats, fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
- Eat a colorful mix of fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, chicken or turkey without the skin, dry peas or beans, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese.
Physical activity is essential for managing diabetes risk and staying healthy.
- Set small goals to start and work your way up to at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.
- Try brisk walking, dancing, swimming, biking, jogging, or any physical activity that helps get your heart rate up. You don’t have to get all your physical activity at one time. Try getting some physical activity throughout the day in 10 minute sessions.
If you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you and your child may be at increased risk, of Obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
- Women who have had gestational diabetes should be tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born. If the test results show that blood glucose is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes, women should get tested every year
If the test is normal, women should get tested for diabetes again in 3 years.
If you have a history of gestational diabetes, there are modest but important steps you can take to lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes in the future;
- Keep up healthy habits for yourself and the family even after the baby is born.
- Try to reach and maintain a healthy weight by making healthy food choices and being active for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
- Visit your health care provider and seek professional advice, recommendation and information .
Like all mothers, women with gestational diabetes should breastfeed their babies, if possible. Breastfeeding provides a number of benefits for your baby, including the right balance of nutrients and protection against certain illnesses.
- Breastfeeding is also beneficial for mothers. It allows the body to use up some extra -----------calories that were stored during pregnancy. Losing weight after having the baby enhances overall --health and is one way to reduce the chances of developing diabetes later in life.
- Many women who have gestational diabetes also find that breastfeeding improves their fasting blood glucose level and allows them to maintain a lower average blood glucose level once their babies are born.
These action steps are good for the entire family and help both mother and child manage their risks for developing diabetes in the future.