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Understanding Gestational Diabetes:
A Practical Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Information about diet, exercise, measurement of blood sugar levels, and general medical and obstetric care of women with Gestational Diabetes.
- What is gestational diabetes and what causes it?
- How does gestational diabetes differ from other types of diabetes?
- Who is at risk for developing gestational diabetes and how is it detected?
- How does gestational diabetes affect pregnancy and will it hurt my baby?
- What can be done to reduce problems associated with gestational diabetes?
- Glucose Monitoring
- What is self blood glucose monitoring?
- How often and when should I test?
- How should I record my test results?
- Are there any other tests I should know about?
- How do I test for ketones?
- When do I test for ketones?
- Is it necessary to take insulin?
- Will my baby be healthy?
- Does gestational diabetes affect labor and delivery?
- Should I expect my baby to have any problems?
- Will I develop diabetes in the future?
- Diet & Weight Gain
- Why is a special diet recommended?
- How much weight should I gain?
- How should I eat during my pregnancy?
- What food patterns help keep blood sugar levels normal?
- How do I plan meals?
- What can be done to slow weight gain during pregnancy?
- Is breastfeeding recommended?
- Should I exercise?
- What happens if diet and exercise fail to control my blood sugars?
- Can my blood sugar level go too low, and if so, what can I do?
Courtesy of the NIH
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