7. Drink Cinnamon Tea
There are several components in cinnamon that promote glucose metabolism. The bioactive components have a beneficial effect on fasting plasma glucoseas well as low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
This spice is safe to take during pregnancy. Just ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily can reduce fasting blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
- Drink cinnamon tea at least once daily. To make the tea, steep a medium-sized cinnamon stick in hot water for 10 minutes and then drink the refreshing tea.
- You can also sprinkle some cinnamon powder in your oatmeal, smoothies and yogurt or add it to chicken or fish dishes.
Note: Do not take cinnamon in excess as it may cause involuntary contractions. Plus, there are certain compounds in this spice that may be toxic for your baby, when taken in excess. Check with your doctor before taking this herb medicinally.
8. Sleep Well
During pregnancy, it is common to feel fatigued and exhausted due to hormonal changes in the body. The level of fatigue and exhaustion can be much higher if you have GDM.
To help your body handle fatigue and tiredness, always listen to your body and get adequate rest and sleep. Proper sleep will help in the development of the unborn baby and provide you the much-needed energy for labor and delivery.
When pregnant, try to sleep on your left side with your knees bent. This will reduce the strain on your back, which often leads to disturbed sleep.
During the daytime also, get proper rest. A relaxing nap for 30 minutes a few times during the day can help fight fatigue.
Bear in mind that too much or too little sleep may contribute to raising your blood glucose levels.