There are no guarantees when it comes to preventing gestational diabetes. Sometimes no matter what you do, you will still develop gestational diabetes.
Family and genetic history are a very strong factor in developing gestational diabetes. However, lifestyle and other factors have a great influence in the development of gestational diabetes. Taking control of these factors will go a long way in preventing gestational diabetes.
Be very proactive in your health habits and concentrate on being as healthy as you can be, do what you can with what you can control, and do not stress over the rest.
Take the responsibility to educate yourself on preventing gestational diabetes, or at least to minimize the risks. With this education, you will not be caught off-guard if you do actually develop gestational diabetes.
Furthermore knowing as much about the disease as you can, you will minimize or totally nullify its affects, thus avoiding many of the complications.
If ever there is a time for extremely careful attention to health habits, it is during pregnancy.
Do as much as you can to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Your baby is depending on you!
Be as proactive as heck in preventing gestational diabetes, to minimize many of the health risks as much as you can!
By reducing your risk of gestational diabetes, you are helping yourself and your baby.
By keeping this information in mind, you will stand a much greater chance at preventing gestational diabetes.
It is simply: "Make healthy choices every day" OK, maybe that sounds too
simple, but it really is not! Simple it may be, but easy it surely is
It is up to you how easy or difficult you want to make it for yourself.
Preventing gestational diabetes boils down to this:
Eat healthy foods.
Get more physical activity.
Lose excess pounds. (Only if you are NOT pregnant yet!)
Clearly, you have much to gain, and nothing to lose, by simply learning as much as you can about gestational diabetes and putting your knowledge into actions.
Believe that you can prevent gestational diabetes.
Self-sabotage is one of the major reasons why people do not succeed at living a healthy lifestyle. A self-defeating attitude can pave the way to the possibility of health complications and poor quality of life.
Be positive, what you think determines your actions.
The other inhibiting factor is reluctance to change. Most of us do not
like things to change, we are comfortable with the way things are, even
if it is not in our best interest.
When we try something new, it does not feel right, so we throw in the towel and go back to what is comfortable.
You are at a point in your life, with certain habits and ways. You arrived at this point in your life due to changes in your life. Mostly without your active participation in the decisions that led you here, nonetheless, it is changes.
The moral of this is, embrace the changes in your life, or it will embrace you. You decide on what changes are necessary and actively pursue it; otherwise, the changes will chase you, and overcome you.
Take it one step at a time, day by day, take it seriously and soon you will be living a healthier lifestyle.
Eat healthy foods and do some physical activity.
Do this today, then again tomorrow, try it the next day and the next, until it becomes habit, as natural as brushing your teeth.
Then continue until it becomes second nature, as easy as breathing, then you will be comfortable with it and would not like it to change, ever.
Taking a very positive, proactive attitude towards healthy habits during pregnancy, can only help and not hurt, as long as the approach used is reasonable and safe.
What do you have to lose, except a possible diagnosis of gestational diabetes and all the trouble and hassles that come with it?
A diagnosis of prediabetes does not mean that you will get gestational diabetes. You can reduce your blood glucose levels to normal by following a low fat, low calorie diet, coupled with moderate exercise. Thus preventing gestational diabetes.
There are a few things that the prediabetic can do for preventing gestational diabetes:
Plan your pregnancy.
The answer is an overwhelming yes, you must be preventing gestational diabetes with everything at your disposal, because:
Having the gestational diabetes "label" tends to make doctors extremely intervening about delivery practices.
Having a Cesarean section must not be taken lightly, because:
If you are at a high risk to develop gestational diabetes, you might ask: "Why bother? Preventing gestational diabetes in my case would be fruitless exercise. It will also go away after the pregnancy. In any case I can still have a normal pregnancy with gestational diabetes, as long as I keep my blood sugar levels in the normal ranges."
The answer to that would be that no one knows for sure that it is
possible in preventing gestational diabetes, especially with those with a
high risk for the disease.
Since the outcome is unpredictable, I would reply: "Why not you? Why would it not be possible for you? You must do everything you can to prevent it!"
By applying the attitude of trying to prevent the disease, you will be better able to cope if you are unlucky to get the disease.
Being proactive will not work for everybody, some will still get gestational diabetes.
By being proactive you might not get it as severely, and you could certainly deal with the disease should you be diagnosed with it.
It is just plain common sense to be as careful and proactive as possible. It certainly means some sacrifices, like:
Is your baby's health not worth all that and much more?
After you have your baby, you can do a lot to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, even prevent future gestational diabetes.
It all boils down to doing the same things you did in preventing gestational diabetes.
Now is the time to continue with the healthy habits that you have acquired during your pregnancy, it just makes sense to do that.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study found that weight loss with a low-fat, low-calorie diet coupled with moderate exercise helped delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes even in high-risk patients, including those with a history of gestational diabetes and those with prediabetes.
Reach and maintain a reasonable weight. Even if you stay above your ideal weight, losing just a few pounds will make big difference.
Maintaining a healthy weight in your child will lower the risk of your child developing diabetes.
Make this easy for your child by instilling healthy habits from an early age; the best way to do this is by being an example.
Breastfeeding can also help in preventing the onset of diabetes in your child.
Get tested for diabetes six weeks after the delivery and then every 6-12 months after that, for the rest of your life.
The earlier that diabetes is diagnosed, the better the possible complications can be prevented.
The prevention of gestational diabetes is not guaranteed, however a positive, proactive attitude will go a long way towards preventing gestational diabetes, and help in minimizing the affects if you do develop gestational diabetes.
All it requires is to make healthy choices, something that everybody should be doing in any case.
Do not neglect the good habits you have acquired during your pregnancy, keep on improving on it, for the rest of your life. Now is the time to instill a sense of healthy living in your child by being an example.
You have probably lapsed into doing some (or most) things wrong due to the way you were raised.
Change that cycle of not living correctly, by being an example and raise your child with better lifestyle values.
Be proactive, take charge, research and put your knowledge into action. It really is up to you.
Please consult the services of your
doctor and/or other members of your health care team
before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.
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