Gestational Diabetes (GDM): Treatments
A type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy and usually disappears upon delivery, but increases the mother’s risk of developing diabetes later in life. GDM is managed with meal planning, physical activity, and, in some cases, medication.
Part of: Gestational Diabetes (GDM)
About Treatments for Gestational Diabetes
Eating healthy and staying active are two of the most important ways to control blood sugar and treat gestational diabetes. Activities like walking and swimming are helpful. The activity does not have to be hard. The goal is to get up and move. Talk with your doctor or midwife about creating an exercise plan that works for you.
All women with gestational diabetes need to follow a special diabetes meal plan. Your doctor or midwife may ask you to meet with a diabetes educator or dietitian. Diabetes educators or dietitians can help create a plan just for you.
The diabetes meal plan follows simple guidelines like:Watching portion size. Eating a variety of foods, including fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limiting fat calories to 30 percent or less each day.
Being careful about weight gain during pregnancy is also very important to control gestational diabetes. Ask your doctor or midwife… Read more about Gestational Diabetes (GDM): Treatments