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Gestational Diabetes Diet

What is Gestational Diabetes Diet? Thanks in advance for your answers?
(May 20, 2008)

Diet for Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes experienced by pregnant women. They might not be suffering from the disorder, prior to pregnancy. Gestational diabetes increases the risk of diabetes mellitus post pregnancy. Childhood obesity is common in children born to mothers suffering from gestational diabetes. Increased risk of this condition is seen in individuals suffering from obesity and familial history.

Women delivering after 35 years are at more risk for gestational diabetes.

Though notable symptoms are absent, fatigue, vomiting and nausea are common. Dietary modification calls for avoidance of high blood glucose levels. Carbohydrate in the diet should be distributed throughout the day, between the meals and snacks. Restriction of carbohydrates for breakfast is helpful. Repeatedly performing oral glucose tolerance tests or OGTT is helpful in determining the state of the sugar level, after two to four months of delivery. The risk diabetes is reduced in the child an mother, due to breast feeding.

Choosing the right foods is important. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are recommended to provide complex carbohydrates. Lean meats and fish are taken. Exercise in addition to diet and drugs are helpful. Regular exercise helps in easy delivery, devoid of complications.
Submitted by E L on May 20, 2008 at 03:57


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