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Gestational Diabetes

male doctor writing on tabletGestational diabetes (GD) is a serious health condition that affects many pregnant women. If you have been diagnosed with GD, your doctor may recommend a healthy gestational diabetes diet and regular exercise, in order to control your condition naturally. A gestational diabetes meal plan will be provided, and you can also create your own recipes to continue enjoying your favorite foods.

Risk factors for gestational diabetes

Sometimes during pregnancy, fluctuating hormones can block insulin, in turn increasing glucose levels in the blood. This can be dangerous for both mother and child, and must be controlled for the safety and wellbeing of both. Risk factors for gestational diabetes among women may include:

  • Age 25 and over during pregnancy
  • Were overweight before getting pregnant
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have a family or personal history of diabetes
  • Have experienced unexplained stillbirth or miscarriage
  • Have excess amniotic fluid
  • Delivered a child who weighed 9+ pounds or had a birth defect

Gestational diabetes symptoms

Most pregnant women will be tested for gestational diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. It is possible, however, to develop this dangerous condition before receiving the results of this test.You should always be aware of your health, so you can speak with your doctor about any sudden warning signs. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Recurring bladder, vaginal, and skin infections
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Weight loss despite heavy appetite
  • Increased thirst

Gestational diabetes diet

As many patients learn, controlling diabetes and weight loss go hand-in-hand. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you will undergo periodic fetal monitoring and blood sugar tests. Additionally, your OB/GYN will recommend a gestational diabetes meal plan that emphasizes lean proteins, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables and whole grains), and moderate sugar intake. You should not drink sugar soda or fruit juices, or consume added sugars in candy and other sweets.

A physician-assisted program, such as those offered at The Center for Medical Weight Loss, are excellent for pregnant women trying to avoid or control gestational diabetes. Together with your doctor, you’ll discuss the merits of the diabetic diet for weight loss and how this plan can help you control gestational diabetes. You can also create a customized meal plan and exercise program to get you through pregnancy – and beyond, through post-partum weight loss and onto healthy living. Locate the Center nearest you via the box at top right, and remember that special introductory offers are available for first-time visitors in most locations.