Five Steps to Managing Gestational Diabetes
Pregnancy is a unique time in a woman’s life. Along with special
moments come unexpected challenges. One common challenge is managing gestational diabetes.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 5% of pregnant
women develop high blood glucose levels, which can lead to gestational
diabetes. This makes it one of the most common health problems for pregnant
women. If you’re concerned about managing gestational diabetes,
the NIH has five easy steps to help keep you and your newborn happy and healthy.
Choose your healthcare team. You already know to check in with your OB/GYN for treatment suggestions.
But you should also contact a registered dietitian, a maternal-fetal medicine
specialist, and a diabetes specialist and educator. Each of them will
help you understand all the components of gestational diabetes and set
up a care plan for the remainder of your pregnancy.
Keep an eye on your blood sugar. If you have gestational diabetes, you should check your glucose levels
throughout the day. This will help you manage your diet and portion sizes,
note your glucose spikes and drops, and understand the best times to get
physically active during the day.
Revamp your diet. Let a registered dietitian help you create a meal plan that works for you
throughout your pregnancy. Keep a daily record of your diet to identify
foods that may be making your blood sugar abnormal.
Stay active. Regular, moderate physical activity will help you maintain a healthy weight
gain throughout your pregnancy, which will help manage glucose levels.
Check with your healthcare provider about other methods. You may need to take insulin or other prescribed medications to manage
your blood sugar.
These five steps cover all the bases in managing gestational diabetes and
having a smooth pregnancy. After your baby is born, you should still be
tested regularly for diabetes, keep a healthy diet and exercise.
At Saint Francis Healthcare, we’re prepared to handle the everyday
needs of expectant mothers, as well as special considerations like managing
Click here to learn more about the personalized care our Maternity team offers, or
click here to read about our OB/GYN practices.