Diabetes Symptoms

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If you're diagnosed with GDM, your first order of business will be meeting with a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and a registered dietitian (RD) to develop an eating and treatment plan. In addition to teaching you about blood glucose testing and other basics of managing your gestational diabetes, they can help you with strategies for dealing with morning sickness and other unique challenges of pregnancy.Your health care provider can refer you to both a CDE and an RD, and the costs of consultation with both are covered by most health care insurers (although you should check with your specific carrier to find out more about your coverage). If your obgyn doesn't offer these essential services, be sure to ask.

Treating GDM

To lower your blood glucose levels and minimize chances of complications for both you and your baby, you may need to make some lifestyle changes, including carefully watching what you eat and staying active. Learning dietary control of GDM is a challenge because you have a short window of time to learn what you need to know, and you need results fast. But pregnant women are what doctors like to call "highly motivated patients." That means that like most mothers, you'll do just about anything to ensure your baby has the best possible start in life. So you start blood testing in earnest, learning the lingo of carbohydrate counting, and read volumes on diabetes care. Again, a good CDE and RD are worth their weight in gold when it comes to learning about food and gestational diabetes. They will explain the basics of carbohydrate counting and coach you on the intricacies of portion estimates, smart restaurant choices, your specific caloric and nutrient needs as a pregnant woman, and more. It also helps to have a good reference book or two around to refer to when you don't have your educator in front of you. Chapters 10 and 11 explain these issues and medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for diabetes in detail.

It's reassuring to know that many women with GDM are able to control their glucose levels through diet and exercise alone, but it's often that second word exercise that throws women into a panic. You should know that anything that gets your heart pumping and your body moving is good, and can lower blood glucose levels. That could be as simple as working in your garden or playing with your daughter at the park. If you need motivation, many health clubs, community centers, and hospitals offer prenatal exercise classes. Your health care provider can give you a referral. And for those who like a more solitary form of fitness, walking is a good way to ease into a workout routine. It's cheap, easy, and always accessible. Even if you live in an inhospitable climate for outdoor walking, you can find a local mall or an indoor track to lap. If you've always been active, then you may be given the green light to do something a little more challenging. Always talk to your doctor first before starting any new fitness activity during pregnancy.