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Common Knowledge About Gestational Diabetes

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I did not become familiar with gestational diabetes until recently when
my sister-in-law and my best friend were both diagnosed with it within a
week. Many women I know, myself included, have made it through
pregnancies without having any serious problems like gestational
diabetes.

Basically, gestational diabetes is a disease that can come on during
pregnancy but that usually disappears once the baby has been born. In
some women, pregnancy results in their blood sugar leve...


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I did not become familiar with gestational diabetes until recently when
my sister-in-law and my best friend were both diagnosed with it within a
week. Many women I know, myself included, have made it through
pregnancies without having any serious problems like gestational
diabetes.

Basically, gestational diabetes is a disease that can come on during
pregnancy but that usually disappears once the baby has been born. In
some women, pregnancy results in their blood sugar levels getting out of
balance. A pregnant woman might realize that she is having blood sugar
problems on her own or it might take a doctor to determine that her
levels are not normal. Regardless of how it is discovered, gestational
diabetes is a serious issue that needs to be handled with caution and
care throughout a woman's pregnancy and after.

When my sister-in-law and my closest friend were struggling with feeling
abnormally up and down during their pregnancies, their doctor took blood
tests and determined that their blood sugar levels were being affected by
their pregnancies and their food choices. They were both diagnosed simply
by having this blood work done. At first they were hesitant and scared
because gestational diabetes sounded huge and they didn't know how
relatively simple the treatment process could be.

Gestational diabetes, because it is primarily an imbalance of blood
sugar, can often be regulated by changes in diet and levels of exercise.
The amount of changes that are necessary are dependant upon how poor of
habits the women have to begin with. My sister-in-law and my friend had
to make different levels of changes to their diets, but neither had to
make such significant changes that their lifestyle was radically altered.
Mostly their changes consisted of going on a low-sugar and low-carb
eating plan. Gestational diabetes brings a risk of the baby getting to
large during its gestational period and needing to be delivered early or
by c-section. The more the pregnant mother cuts down on sugar intake, the
less likely it is that the baby will get too large to be delivered
vaginally.

If you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant in the near
future, take some time and learn about ways to prevent gestational
diabetes. It is the best for you and your baby. Prevention is always a
better option than having to find a solution to high blood sugar levels.
Be wise with your food and exercise choices from the start and you should
be able to avoid dealing with gestational diabetes in your pregnancies.
Talk with your doctor and take every possible precaution.

				
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