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Getting to Know More of Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes, have you ever heard of it? There are many kinds of diseases caused by our bad habits and bad life style. We might not get the effects of unhealthy life style anytime soon. However, along with the time goes by, ready or not, our body will feel the changes. It might not in significant changes, but bit by bit, our health is lacking. We might eat delicious foods in every meeting. But, are you sure they are the healthy ones? We might always have fruit punch and less alcohol beverage in every party or gathering. But, are you sure it is beneficial to your health? Let’s read along and get some enlightenment on the disease mentioned earlier.
What gestational diabetes is, the causes and the symptoms
Before discussing further on the causes, you might need to know what exactly gestational diabetes is. This disease only happens when a woman is pregnant, but the baby can still be healthy if she obeys all doctors’ advices to control blood sugar. The good news is, you might be free from diabetes after your baby is born. This kind of diabetes may make you to have type 2 diabetes, but there is only tiny possibility. So, what causes this diabetes? Hormone changes during pregnancy.
Certain hormone changes may cause sugar to be built up in blood. Usually in many cases, pregnant women’s pancreases are able to create enough insulin to handle this, so diabetes will not happen. But, you are at risk when you are overweight, having certain mixed blood of American-African, Native American, Hispanic, or Asian. You are likely to have this kind of diabetes also if in your family runs diabetic disease or you had this disease before. The symptoms, unfortunately, are not identified in most pregnant women. So, it is good if you see your doctor for general check-up before you decide to get pregnant.
This kind of diabetes is likely occurring during the last trimester. So, you need to be extra careful in this pregnancy phases. You may see endocrinologist, certified dietitian or other specialist in diabetes to be more convinced. These professional will surely be able to help you in controlling blood sugar during pregnancy to keep your baby stay healthy and make you always in good condition.
Diet for gestational diabetes
If you have this kind of diabetes, your doctor usually recommend you to do certain diet. Remember; do not adapt any diet tips from any source without consulting it first with your health provider. The case is a bit different if you are already overweighting before pregnant. Professional will suggest you to monitor and control your calorie intake. Light exercise might also be needed. So you should do swimming or walking each day.
You may take a walk in the park or other interesting place to get sweat of you see swimming is too risky. You need to do special diet guide to enable you choosing which foods should be consume, and which ones are forbidden. How much you should eat and how often are other things you must know. Study also about simple and complex carbohydrate (carbs). The simple carbs are usually seen as the bad one. But do not conclude that soon. One needs simple carbs also, such as grains, pasta, bread and rice as well as potatoes. For the grain, try to have the variety of whole grains, because they are rich in fiber. Something useful for your digestion. But if you have the kind of diabetes that happens during pregnancy only, you should choose complex carbs. Fruits, yoghurt and milk can be a good foods combination.
It is suggested that you have low GI foods to deal with your diabetes, such as sweet corn, pasta (made from wheat flour), porridge, orange, apple, beans, pears, lentil and peach. During pregnancy, if you have diabetes, try to avoid bread, potatoes (baked), white rice and cornflakes. If you usually skip breakfasts, starting from tomorrow, have a good one, since breakfast helps you to maintain the level of your blood sugar. Consuming porridge is a good idea. This meal helps you release slowly your energy. Study more on healthy foods, do routine health check up and beware of this gestational diabetes.