Diabetes is a condition in which there is a high level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Gestational diabetes, however, is when diabetes occurs as a result of pregnancy and it usually disappears after pregnancy. It can occur anytime during pregnancy.
There is no known cause of gestational diabetes, however; the placenta releases hormones which disturbs the work of insulin in the body of the mother. This makes it difficult for the body to use insulin this is called
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So today is about eating for two people. I know you are thinking your food quantity would be doubled and you get to eat as much as you want (every girls dream) under the umbrella of “I am pregnant”am sorry but my eating for two is in relation to quality and not quantity.
Being underweight in pregnancy is bad for you and baby, can lead to low birth weight and being Overweight too is bad for you and baby and can lead to gestational diabetes or cesearean birth.Achieving optimal weight gain in pregnancy is the goal. Am sure you are wondering how can I avoid all these complications, it all starts with you.
pre-pregnancy weight is very important. If you are not pregnant and you are planning to ensure your weight for height(Body mass index ) is within the range of 18-25, and if you are pregnant already you should still know your pre-pregnancy weight. If your BMI is below 18 (underweight) your diet has to be altered, your caloric intake would be doubled and above 25(overweight) caloric intake may be reduced to avoid adding more weight.
Focus more on the quality of food you are taking not the quantity . you will need to adopt healthy eating habits. Eat lots of leafy vegetables and fruits ensure you eat foods from all classes of food from proteins to carbohydrates to minerals and consume lots of water you will need to be well hydrated.
Engage in physical activity of at least 30 minutes a day , take short walks.
Also ensure you take your supplements being recommended at the antenatal clinic such as folic acid . The most important thing is to ensure you eat and get all the nutrients you can and avoid dieting this is not the time to diet.
I hope this would be helpful.