Uncontrolled Gestational Diabetes Puts Your Newborn Infant At Risk

gestational diabetes meal planWe all know that gestational diabetes is hard to manage with all the things that you as a new mom-to-be (or mom already) have to juggle.  But this makes it even more important to try to do the right thing as far as controlling your blood sugars with a gestational diabetes meal plan.

You see, it is a very well know fact that babies born to mother’s who have poorly controlled gestational diabetes are large babies.  This alone is a very risky proposition for mom and baby.  You see, even though your body is not handling the blood sugar situation well by producing enough insulin, your babies body is.  Your baby gets extra high amounts of sugar through the placenta, and the baby’s pancreas and liver start working overtime producing insulin.  This insulin then takes the extra sugar and converts it to fat in the body, and they gain fat.  [This is what your body does naturally as well and it’s why most Type 2 diabetics are overweight or obese]

But now further information has shown that it can also cause the baby to need additional sugar upon birth.  To help your infant come down off the sugar high that you have kept it on.  Mom’s know that what they put in their mouth is very important during pregnancy as we only have the one chance to affect our unborn child.  But when you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you need to really control the amount of food that you eat and check your blood sugars.  Walking some for exercise won’t hurt either, and it really can help to lower your blood sugars after meals and throughout the day.  Either way, you should be aware of the amount of food that you eat and take any necessary medications that help control your blood sugar.

What do you think about gestational diabetes and keeping it under control?  It’s hard to do and sometimes things get out of your control!  But you can do it.  You can take baby steps once you learn that you have gestational diabetes.  You can start with the meal pattern that fits what you need for the day and start working on learning the portion sizes.  It’s not easy but it’s worth it.

What do you find to be the biggest challenge with gestational diabetes?  Tell me below, and share this article with your friends!

About Mathea

Mathea Ford, RD/LD, is the owner of Healthy Diet Menus For You, LLC. She has over 22 books on Amazon, check out her work at http://www.renaldiethq.com/go/author

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