It's not good news when you find out you have gestational diabetes. When you thought everything was fine and you were making good food choices for most of your pregnancy.
But when you succumbed to those sweets, the craving for dessert, your body and your baby are effected. A diet to high in sugar can lead to gestational diabetes. Even some of the fruits we choose are actually too high in sugar and are not a healthy choice.
The good news is it doesn't mean your child will have diabetes for the rest of their lives. It is very treatable and manageable with diet and exercise. Some people with the condition may need insulin injections.
It does mean you need to watch what you eat a little more closely and you need to get off the couch and endure some physical activity each and every day.
It is so common for people to think that the occasional sweet treat will be alright, or that you should just rest up while pregnant. Not the case if you want a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
Staying active during pregnancy is very important to reduce many health risks, including gestational diabetes. Eating a diet low in sugar, high GI foods and certain carbohydrates is just as important.
Avoid cakes, chocolates, sweets and white bread. Avoid being inactive and staying on the couch all day. It is important that you take the glucose blood test during your pregnancy and know if you are at risk or have gestational diabetes.
In the event you do have gestational diabetes, you will need to consult your midwife, a dietician and GP for a management plan. Your ongoing treatment will need to be monitored, with daily blood sugar level tests performed by you at home.
Best to prevent the problem than try to treat it. It is very possible to avoid getting gestational diabetes if you pay close attention to your sugar and carbohydrate intake every day.