The Risk and Prevention of Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is diabetes which occurs during pregnancy in some women. Those who get diabetes during pregnancy did not have it before they were pregnant and the diabetes passes as soon as the pregnancy has ended. Although this form of diabetes goes away after the pregnancy, those who have it are at risk of developing diabetes in the future. The first thing that women should be aware of is that of they are planning on having more children that this form of diabetes has a 2 in 3 times chance of reoccurring in other pregnancies after a woman had has it happen during a previous pregnancy. Women also need to be aware of the fact that they are far greater risk of developing diabetes, types 1 and 2, after they have had gestational diabetes. Below are some things that women need to know in regards to this form of diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes

Lowering the Risk

There are thongs which women can do to reduce their risk of getting gestational diabetes and other forms of diabetes. One of the best things a woman can do to stay healthy and ward off this disease is to maintain a healthy body weight. This is because people who are more than 20% over their ideal body weight have a far greater chance of developing all forms of diabetes. This is why exercising regularly and leading a more active lifestyle is important in reducing the risk of this disease. Proper exercise needs to be coupled with a proper diet. People should eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables that is high in fiber and low ion fats and carbohydrates. Meals should also be spread out through the course of a day to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Additional Prevention

Women who breastfeed their babies experience several health benefits as do their babies. Some of the benefits which have been recently associated with breastfeeding are that the mother can have a lower risk of developing diabetes later. Babies who are breastfed are also dais to have a lower risk of developing diabetes.  There are several theories as to why women who breastfed have a lower risk of diabetes that are currently being researched. Babies who are breastfed are said to have a lowered risk of getting diabetes because the sugars in breast milk are regulated. Additional, babies who are breastfed eat healthier amounts and tend to develop healthier eating habits throughout their lives.