Manage Gestational Diabetes With an Individualized Diet Plan
According to the CDC, 2 – 10% of all pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes. It’s a pretty remarkable number and incredibly common, but any woman who is at risk for developing gestational diabetes or diagnosed with it should always consult with her primary caregiver and ObGyn.
Complications with gestational diabetes that directly affect the mother include the risk of developing high blood pressure and preeclampsia, as well as putting the mother at risk for future diabetes.
Complications with a gestational diabetes diagnosis for your baby include a higher birth weight (increasing the risk of having to have a C-section), developing diabetes later in life, early delivery, and more.
The numbers on that glucose test can be daunting. Many women and couples feel anxious going through the three-hour sugar test followed by a gestational diabetes diagnosis. That said, most women’s blood sugar levels can be controlled by diet and exercise. A meal plan developed for you and your baby may be the key to preventing and avoiding going on medication as well as developing more serious complications.
As expert dietitians, our goal is to empower you to make the right food choices to manage your blood sugar levels, maintain a healthy pregnancy weight, and keep you and your baby healthy. Give your baby the head start they deserve with a healthy pregnancy, and keep your glucose levels under control.