(NAPS)—Gestational diabetes is one thing to be involved about after and not simply throughout being pregnant. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that’s discovered for the primary time when a lady is pregnant. If you had gestational diabetes whenever you had been pregnant, you and your baby from that being pregnant have a lifelong danger for creating diabetes, a critical illness that may result in well being issues comparable to coronary heart illness, blindness, kidney illness and amputations. The excellent news is there are steps you may take to forestall or delay kind 2 diabetes and decrease that danger for you and your baby.
Get Tested for Diabetes
Most of the time, gestational diabetes goes away after the child is born. However, an estimated half of all ladies who had gestational diabetes will go on to develop kind 2 diabetes later in life. If you had gestational diabetes, it is very important get examined for diabetes inside 12 weeks after your child is born, and not less than each three years after that.
Talk to Your Doctor—and Your Child’s Doctor
Talk along with your physician if you happen to plan on changing into pregnant once more as a result of you might have a better likelihood of creating gestational diabetes once more throughout future pregnancies.
It’s additionally vital to know that any baby you give beginning to whereas having gestational diabetes is in danger for weight problems and kind 2 diabetes later in life. So, inform your baby’s well being care supplier that you just had gestational diabetes whilst you had been pregnant. This is a vital a part of your baby’s well being historical past and can alert your well being care supplier to observe progress charts extra intently.
Other Steps to Take to Stay Healthy
Here are some further steps ladies with a historical past of gestational diabetes can take to forestall or delay kind 2 diabetes, and to assist their youngsters keep wholesome, too:
- Try to succeed in your pre-pregnancy weight six to 12 months after your child is born. Even if you don’t attain your aim weight, sustaining a wholesome life-style might help scale back the diabetes danger.
- Make wholesome meals selections for you and your youngsters. Choose meals which can be decrease in fats and energy and excessive in fiber. For instance, select lean meats, hen and turkey with the pores and skin eliminated and fish. Drink water as a substitute of juice or sweetened soda.
- Be extra energetic every day. Try to get not less than 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days per week. It’s okay to be energetic for 10 minutes at a time, thrice a day. Do this as a household!
For extra details about gestational diabetes, go to the NIDDK web site at www.niddk.nih.gov.
Keep up wholesome habits—even after the child is born