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Gestational Diabetes Treatments

Treatment

The aim of treatment is to return glucose levels to normal. Treatment includes:

Diet

  • Eat a balanced diet .
  • Eat plenty of vegetables , and fiber .
  • Limit the amount of fat you eat. Avoid food high in sugar.
  • Eat moderate portions of food at each meal.
  • Eat a bedtime snack with protein and a starchy food.
  • Do not gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy. Gaining too much weight can increase the risk of having:
  • Keep a record of your food intake. Share this with your doctor.

Exercise

Physical activity 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.

Insulin

If you've made lifestyle changes and your glucose levels stay above normal, you may need to inject insulin each day.

Follow-up

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 .

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 medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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