Glucose comes from the breakdown of food. It is the body's energy source. It can pass from the blood to cells with a hormone called insulin. Without insulin, glucose will build up in the blood. This is called hyperglycemia. At the same time, your body's cells are starved for glucose (energy).
When this happens during pregnancy it is called gestational diabetes. The extra glucose in the blood can cross to the baby. This condition can cause problems for the mother and baby.
Keep a record of your food intake. Share this with your doctor.
helps the body use glucose. The insulin you produce will be more effective. Ask your doctor about an exercise routine.
Blood Sugar Testing
Use a monitor to check your glucose levels. Show your doctor the results at prenatal visits.
If you've made lifestyle changes and your glucose levels stay above normal, you may need to inject insulin each day.
After delivery, glucose levels usually return to normal. You will need a glucose tolerance test 6-8 weeks after delivery. Exercising, breastfeeding, and losing weight will help to reduce your chance of developing
type 2 diabetes
The following may help prevent this condition:
Maintain normal weight gain during pregnancy.
Eat a healthy diet.
Exercise regularly. Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a