Gestational diabetes can be frightening. Typically, women get tested between 24-28 weeks gestation. You can avoid gestational diabetes by knowing your risks and taking action steps to avoid this problems.
Evaluate Your Risk
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Diabetes Association your risks include:
- Over the age of 25
- A body mass index (BMI) over 25
- A family history of diabetes in a parent, sibling, or a child
- A history of a baby born over 9 pounds
- Ethic groups at highest risk include Pacific Islanders, Asians, Hispanic
and certain Native American tribes.
- A random blood sugar test over 200
- A1C test equal to or greater than 5.7%
- A history of Polycystic Ovary Disease
- High triglycerides or a prescription to control triglycerides.
It is Proven that Gestational Diabetes can be Prevented
The American Diabetes Association has proven through the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that lifestyle changes can prevent or delay the diagnoses of diabetes. It is believed that gestational diabetes can be prevented through lifestyle changes. You need to make changes early in pregnancy because gestational diabetes is controlled by pregnancy hormones. As your pregnancy develops, it will become increasing difficult to control your blood sugar. Learning how eat for your body’s needs is essential.
8 Tips to Avoid Gestational Diabetes:
- Eat 3 equally spaced meals each day
- Limit snack between meals. (once you start following the gestational meal plan you will have nutritionally balanced snacks between meals and one at bed time.
- Eat a balanced diet (limit sugar, fat and salt)
- Include fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible
- Include whole grains
- Limit saturated fats
- Avoid sugary drinks and rich desserts
- Learn to check labels for portion sizes (Do not eat for two! You need to control your weight gain during pregnancy.)
Making lifestyle changes is very difficult. It is said that it takes 3 months to change a habit. My 30 day program is a good first step to supporting you to make sustainable changes.
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