How To Handle Gestational Diabetes
How to Handle Gestational Diabetesby HealthyLivingTrends.com
You just got the phone call that you failed the three hour test. You feel like the bottom dropped out on you. You have plenty of questions going through your head ranging from "what steps do I take now" to "how will I survive the next 12 or so weeks." If you recently got diagnosed with gestational diabetes, then you should take the time to read the advice that is presented in this article.
You are allowed to feel bad.
Hearing that you have gestational diabetes is not easy. It is supposed to be a time when you are looking forward to what is to come in a few months. Hearing that you have a complication can really put a damper on things especially when it is something that requires you to make significant changes in your every day life. So allow yourself to be upset and angry. Do not bottle it up. However, after you do, put yourself together and keep your chin up since keeping your sugar levels under control is important for both you and the baby you carry. Millions of people suffer from diabetes and can control it and so can you.
If this is your first encounter with any type of diabetes, you are probably really confused as to what you have to do to stay healthy. If you doctor has not suggested it to you, schedule an appointment with a nutritionist right away. Since most gestational diabetes can be controlled with diet, she will be your guide as to what you can and can not eat during this time. You might also want to schedule an appointment with a nurse who deals with diabetics as she can help you figure out how to use the blood glucose meter that you will have to use several times a day. Also take the time to talk to friends or family who have some kind of experience with diabetes. They will be able to give you some great ideas on foods you can include in your diet.
Watch what you eat.
The nutritionist can only advise you as to how to plan your meals. You are the one that has to take control of what you eat. You will probably be given a list of points for various foods and a specification of how many points you can have per meal. Be sure to follow this when planning your meals. It is also important to stay on time with your meals and not to skip any snacks.
This may be the last thing on your mind, especially when you are further along in your pregnancy, but exercise is great for you. Not only does it help your body deal with the sugars, it also helps you stay fit. In addition to this, it will help you clear your mind and keep you away from the foods that are just within your reach at home. All it takes is a thirty minute walk around your neighborhood. You could also consider going swimming if you have access to a pool.
Stay on top of your appointments.
You doctor will want to monitor your sugar levels as well as other complications that may arise due to having gestational diabetes. So it is very important to make it to all your scheduled appointments. Be sure to bring your sugar level log book with you as well.
Take it one day at a time.
From here, just take it one day at a time. When you have a function where everyone will be indulging in high-carb/high-sugary foods, remind yourself that you are doing this for both you and your baby. Prior to this event, you might want to talk to your doctor about it and if your numbers have been good up to this point in time, you just might get a green light to cheat a little bit on your diet. Just be sure not to do it on your own.
Hopefully the advice that was given to you in this article will help make the rest of your pregnancy easier than you first thought right after getting your diagnosis. Keep in mind that this is just a temporary thing for you and that after you are holding your baby in your arms, your body should be back to normal.