Did you know? During pregnancy, usually around the 24th week most pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. Well, it is not as scary as it sounds, this condition of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) will disappear soon after birth of the baby. Yet, this must not be neglected as this might have consequences on your health as well as that of your baby.
What is gestational diabetes?
GDM is commonly due to the hormones in placenta which block the action of the insulin in the mother’s body. This insulin resistance makes it hard for the mother’s body to use the insulin. This increases blood glucose levels.
How does GDM affect your baby?
Untreated GDM can hurt your baby. It can be harmful in the following ways:
- Baby might have weight more than 4 kg (macrosomia) causing damage to shoulders during birth.
- High risk for developing type II diabetes later in life.
- Possibility of stillbirth or preterm birth.
In order to keep GDM at bay you must ensure adequate mental and physical health balance. This can be achieved by monitoring your diet and exercise routine.
Although this type of diet routine is widely recommended for mothers with GDM, always CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR before making any changes in the diet. Check your blood glucose regularly and follow the guidelines provided by you doctor.