Gestational diabetes | Health | ktbs.com
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana – Nearly 10% of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes each year, so know that you are not alone.
And know that this does not mean that you had diabetes before conceiving or that you will have it after giving birth. This means that by working with your doctor, you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Either way, you have all the support you need for you and your baby.
We don’t know what causes gestational diabetes
But we know you are not alone. It happens to millions of women. We know that the placenta supports the baby as it grows. Sometimes these hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin on her body and this causes a problem called insulin resistance. This insulin resistance makes it difficult for the mother’s body to use insulin. And that means she may need up to three times as much insulin to compensate.
Gestational diabetes can also occur when the mother’s body is unable to produce and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be converted into energy. When glucose builds up in the blood, it is called hyperglycemia.
Whatever the cause, you can work with your doctor to develop a plan and maintain a healthy pregnancy until delivery. To ask questions. Ask for help. There are many ways to fight gestational diabetes.
Diet and exercise are your friends
As with all forms of diabetes, diet and exercise can help you gain the upper hand. With gestational diabetes, maintaining a balanced diet is integral to your success. Your doctor can help you create a meal plan that’s right for you, helping you identify the best foods and quick meal ideas that can help you stay healthy and strong.
Exercise is also essential. Work with your doctor to determine the level of activity that is safe for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. Also use our resources to stay in touch with daily activity ideas. The important thing to remember is to take action as quickly as possible, stick with it, and stay on top of your game. It’s treatable. It’s manageable. And this is a fight you can win.