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Did/do you have gestational diabetes during your pregnancy??

It is known that women who suffer from gestational diabetes are much more likely to develop regular diabetes…also your baby has an increased risk for obesity and diabetes!

Women who have had gestational diabetes should be tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born, and at least every 3 years after that.

What else can I do?

It is important for women with a history of gestational diabetes to reach and maintain a healthy weight by making healthy food choices and being active for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

 

  • A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is a healthy meal plan for everyone.
    • Choose foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
    • Eat a colorful mix of fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, chicken or turkey without the skin, dry peas or beans, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese.

  • Physical activity is essential for managing diabetes risk and staying healthy.
    • Set small goals to start and work your way up to at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.
    • An example of a good way to move more is brisk walking. Try brisk walking, dancing, swimming, biking, jogging, or any physical activity that helps get your heart rate up. You don’t have to get all your physical activity at one time. Try getting some physical activity throughout the day in 10 minute sessions.

Even if women do not reach their “goal” weight, research shows that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce risk.

  • Breastfeeding is also beneficial for both mother and baby.

    • Like all mothers, women with gestational diabetes should breastfeed their babies, if possible. Breastfeeding provides a number of benefits for your baby, including the right balance of nutrients and protection against certain illnesses.

    • Breastfeeding is also beneficial for mothers. It allows the body to use up some extra calories that were stored during pregnancy. Losing weight after having the baby enhances overall health and is one way to reduce the chances of developing diabetes later in life.

    • Many women who have gestational diabetes also find that breastfeeding improves their fasting blood glucose level and allows them to maintain a lower average blood glucose level once their babies are born.

These action steps are good for the entire family and help both mother and child manage their risks for developing diabetes in the future. Check out this resource:

http://ndep.nih.gov/am-i-at-risk/gdm/

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