Gestational Diabetes Treatment

Gestational Diabetes Treatment

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy even if you don’t have diabetes. If you have gestational diabetes, you’ll need to get your blood sugar under control and keep your health. You’ll have to make some lifestyle changes for that to happen. 

The treatment of this condition aims to keep blood glucose levels equal to those of pregnant women who don’t have the condition. The treatment always includes special meal plans and scheduled physical activity, and it may also include daily blood glucose testing and insulin injections.

What Causes Gestational Diabetes?

Blood sugar levels are maintained in a normal range by a hormone called insulin. High levels of pregnancy hormones can cause insulin to malfunction during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the body produces more insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal. The body cannot produce enough insulin in some women during pregnancy, which results in high blood sugar levels. This can lead to gestational diabetes.

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What Are The Risk Factors For Gestational Diabetes?

Several factors are linked to gestational diabetes including:

How to Treat Gestational Diabetes?

1. Work on Your Diet 

Your doctor may recommend you to stick to a diet plan. It will need to address gestational diabetes, but still, provide your growing baby with sufficient nutrients. Your diet might be:

  • Having 40% of calories from carbohydrates like bread, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables
  • Less than 30% of your calories from fats
  • Less than 10% of your fat calories from saturated fats
  • 10%-20% of your calories from protein sources like meats, cheeses, eggs, seafood, and legumes
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2. Get More Exercise

If it’s okay for you and the baby, your doctor may recommend you add exercise to your weekly routine. Most days, you should exercise for 15 minutes or half an hour. You will be able to use insulin more effectively, which will help control your blood sugar levels. Discuss how much exercise you should do with your doctor.

3. Test Your Blood Sugar 

Maintain a healthy blood sugar level by changing your diet and adding exercise to your daily routine. Measure your blood sugar before meals and within two hours after meals. Your doctor will probably give you a blood glucose meter and show you how to use it if you do not already have one.

HCG Diet during Pregnancy with Gestational Diabetes

HCG diets consist of taking 500 calories per day for several weeks, along with daily injections or intake of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. This is a hormone that is produced by the placenta naturally during pregnancy. Because the HCG hormone is a pregnancy hormone, HCG treatments can be very useful during pregnancy. 

The HCG Diet is good for diabetics because it is low in absorbable carbs and low in calories, with easy portion control. Low-fat products also help dieters struggling not only with their blood sugar but also with their weight and cholesterol. 

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