Avoiding gestational diabetes
- Get moving - for at least a 15 minute walk after meals to optimize your blood sugar absorption.
- Cut out sucrose and high fructose corn syrup -- in desserts, sauces, candy, sodas, sweet teas, and thin out fresh juice with 75% water.
- Avoid food products with white flour in them such as pasta, white bread, noodles as they produce similar sugar-like insulin spikes.
- Get enough protein and vitamins via eggs, leafy greens, nuts, and/or unprocessed meat), so you’re not automatically craving another snack 20 minutes after you eat.
Who’s at risk:
- Overweight sedentary women
- Women with a family history of diabetes
- Women who’ve given birth to 9+lb babies
- Women with multiples
New studies demonstrate that diabetic women benefit greatly from increasing their activity levels to improve insulin absorption. Indeed, some women with type 2 diabetes have successfully replaced insulin injections with daily exercise. The same principal holds for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes: daily activity can lower your insulin levels and improve your insulin absorption.
The theme of pregnancy is fairly obvious: if you eat right, get moving and actively avoid stress, your body and baby will thrive.