How can I avoid gestational diabetes during my pregnancy?

A pregnant woman develops gestational diabetes when her body becomes more resistant to insulin and doesn’t generate the proper amount of insulin to regulate blood. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you should do the following practical things to help avoid gestational diabetes:

  • Make good lifestyle choices and maintain a healthy weight before pregnancy to give you and your baby a healthy start.
  • It is important for you to eat healthy foods and drink lots of water.
  • Do not miss your scheduled doctor appointments. You will be screened for gestational diabetes around 24th-28th week of pregnancy. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, your doctor may advice you to see a Certified Diabetes Educator or Registered
    Dietitian for glucose monitoring and lifestyle management.

If you are struggling to control gestational diabetes despite having a healthy lifestyle, you may need medication or insulin injections. It is advisable to monitor your blood glucose regularly and consult your doctor.

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