Keeping Mom And Child Healthy After Gestational Diabetes
North American Precis Syndicate
Keep up healthy habits—even after the baby is born (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Gestational diabetes is something to be concerned about after and not just during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes
is diabetes that is found for the first time when a woman is pregnant. If you
had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you and your child from that
pregnancy have a lifelong risk for developing diabetes, a serious disease
that can lead to health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney
disease and amputations. The good news is there are steps you can take to
prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and lower that risk for you and your child.
Get Tested for Diabetes
Most of the time, gestational diabetes goes away after the baby is born.
However, an estimated half of all women who had gestational diabetes will go
on to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. If you had gestational diabetes,
it is important to get tested for diabetes within 12 weeks after your baby is
born, and at least every three years after that.
Talk to Your Doctor—and Your
Talk with your doctor if you plan on becoming pregnant again because you
have a higher chance of developing gestational diabetes again during future
It’s also important to know that any child you give birth to while
having gestational diabetes is at risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes later
in life. So tell your child’s health care provider that you had
gestational diabetes while you were pregnant. This is an important part of
your child’s health history and can alert your health care provider to
monitor growth charts more closely.
Other Steps to Take to Stay Healthy
Here are some additional steps women with a history of gestational
diabetes can take to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, and to help their
children stay healthy, too:
• Try to reach your pre-pregnancy weight six to 12 months after your
baby is born. Even if you do not reach your goal weight, maintaining a
healthy lifestyle can help reduce the diabetes risk.
• Make healthy food choices for you and your children. Choose foods
that are lower in fat and calories and high in fiber. For example, choose
lean meats, chicken and turkey with the skin removed and fish. Drink water
instead of juice or sweetened soda.
• Be more active each day. Try to get at least 30 minutes of
activity, five days a week. It’s okay to be active for 10 minutes at a
time, three times a day. Do this as a family!
For more information about gestational diabetes, visit the NIDDK website
“There are steps a woman who had
gestational diabetes can take to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes for herself
and her child, says the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and
Kidney Diseases. http://bit.ly/2P6rw1r”
Editor’s Note: While this
information on gestational diabetes can be distributed year-round, it may be especially
useful in November, which is National Diabetes Month.
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)