3 Must Follow Tips To Prevent Diabetes During Pregnancy
Diabetes During Pregnancy
Women face a lot of issues during pregnancy, one of them is diabetes. A majority of women tend to get diabetes during pregnancy, which is known as gestational diabetes, and it can take a toll on the health of both the mother and baby. Gestational diabetes causes a spurt in the blood sugar of the mother, and this can lead to severe health complications like high blood pressure, preeclampsia, preterm birth, C-section delivery, having very large baby (macrosomia) or very small baby (fetal growth restriction) and even stillbirth. What expecting mothers need to know is that gestational diabetes can be prevented through various foolproof strategies. Here, Dr Pratima Thamke, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar tells you about some vital tips to prevent diabetes and stay in top shape during pregnancy.
Maintain A Healthy Weight
Obese and overweight mothers have greater chances of gestational diabetes than women with normal weight. Obesity can also cause complications during birth and make you prone to other health issues. So, it is better to watch your weight during pregnancy. Also Read – Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetes-Related Retinopathy Can Lead To Vision Loss, Watch Video
Workout On A Daily Basis
Exercising every day without fail helps control glucose levels. Just like diabetes, gestational diabetes happens due to irregular glucose activity in the body. Exercise at least 5 times in a week for 45 minutes and you will be able to maintain proper blood sugar levels.
Opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, quinoa, pulses, lentils, and nuts. Cut down on smoking and alcohol. Try to limit the intake of carbohydrates, junk, processed and canned food. Drink enough water and avoid sweets, desserts, sodas, and colas. Moreover, food loaded with sodium, sugar, and preservatives, can increase blood sugar levels. Eat smaller meals as suggested by the doctor. Also Read – Winter Heart Attacks: How Dip In Temperature Increases Your Risk of Developing COPD
Visits With Your Healthcare Regularly
Do not miss your doctor’s appointments. Pregnant women with gestational diabetes should be monitored closely during as well as after giving birth. And avoid self-medication.
Symptoms Of Gestational Diabetes
In most cases, gestational diabetes shows no symptoms. Sometimes it can cause mild symptoms such as increased thirst or shakiness. Call your doctor if you continuously feel nauseous and are vomiting, have blurred vision, or change in your baby’s movements. Also Read – Bengali Actress Aindrila Sharma Put On Life-Support After Suffering Multiple Cardiac Arrests