Gestational Diabetes

Sugar is easy to digest. It can raise your blood sugar quickly. Sugar has no vitamins or minerals. You do not need it to help keep healthy.

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Do not eat the foods listed below. These foods have a lot of sugars in them

  1. Jam or jelly
  2. Cake
  3. Cookies
  4. Donuts
  5. Pie
  6. Ice cream
  7. Candy
  8. Syrup
  9. Drinks sweetened with sugar like regular soda, kool-aid, and sunny delight.

Do not eat foods if sugar or any of these names are one of the first four on the label

  1. Invert sugar
  2. Honey
  3. Raw sugar
  4. Molasses
  5. Dextrin
  6. Corn syrup
  7. Corn sweetener
  8. High fructose corn syrup
  9. Turbinado (brown sugar)
  10. Sucrose
  11. Dextrose
  12. Maltose
  13. Glucose
  14. Lactose
  15. Levulose
  16. Fructose
  17. Sorbitol
  18. Mannitol
  19. Xylitol

Questions You May Have About Diabetes

It’s very unlikely that your baby will have diabetes. If you have a family history of diabetes, your child may develop it later in life, just as
you may.

If you developed diabetes during your pregnancy, most likely it will go away after the baby is born. However, having diabetes during pregnancy is a warning sign that you may develop diabetes later in life. If you had already developed diabetes before you got pregnant but just didn’t know it, you will have it after the baby is born.

Women who have gestational diabetes need special care. You will need more frequent medical visits and test. You may be referred to a diabetes specialist, such as those at a sweet success program. You will be taught how to check your blood sugar at home and work with a dietitian to develop your own meal.

In most cases, changes in food choices and exercise can take care of your gestational diabetes. However, this does not work for all women.
Some will need to take insulin to keep their blood sugar under control. Insulin is a hormone produced by your body. It is essential to allow you and your baby to stay healthy.

No. Your diabetes was not caused by the foods you ate. There are many reasons why diabetes develops. A pregnancy, hormones, your family history of diabetes, your  weight before you got pregnant, your ethnicity, and your age are just a few of the conditions that can make a difference.

You will need to learn how the foods you eat affect your blood sugar. Ask your dietician how you can fit your favorite foods into your meal plan.
Also, pay attention to times when you feel like eating but are not truly hungry. You may be eating because you are tired, bored, angry, or frustrated. Or you may be eating because you are with family or friends. If you are going out, think ahead about foods to bring or that you can order.

No. It is important to gain weight to have a healthy baby. Check with your health care provider about how much weight you need to gain.

It is likely that you will have diabetes in your next pregnancy. You should be tested after your baby is born and yearly to see if you have developed type 2 diabetes. If you develop diabetes, it is very important to see your doctor before you get pregnant again. It is also important that you be tested for diabetes early in your next pregnancy.

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