7 things to know about gestational diabetes

The 411 on gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes can be avoided and controlled.

Between 3-8 pregnant women out of 100 will develop diabetes during pregnancy, a condition known as gestational diabetes. However, it can be treated by making healthy lifestyle choices to control blood sugar. Eating healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, while avoiding sugar-rich items, like soda or punch, is an important strategy for diabetes control. Exercise, after consulting with your physician, and generally staying active can also play a key role in ensuring that you have the healthiest pregnancy possible.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

References

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes and Pregnancy.
  2. National Institutes of Health. What I need to know about Gestational Diabetes.

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