9. Manage Stress
If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, there is no need to worry much about it. With proper care and treatment, nothing is going to happen to your unborn baby.
On the other hand, worrying all the time about the health of your unborn baby will increase your stress level.
Too much stress can cause an increase in cortisol levels, which can affect the unborn baby’s health. Stress can also make expecting mothers overwhelmed and fatigued, which in turn impacts sleep.
Also, stress can cause premature labor due to the release of contraction-triggering hormones. Hence, it is important to keep your stress level under control.
Learn and practice meditation, such as slow, deep breathing, to manage stress. Also, you can talk about your fears and problems with your partner, family, friends and your doctor.
10. Take Prescribed Medicine as Directed
Last but not the least, if your doctor has prescribed medicine to help manage your gestational diabetes, it is important to take it as directed.
Between 10 and 20 percent of women with gestational diabetes need insulin to keep their blood sugar levels under control. Your doctor may prescribe oral insulin or insulin injections.
Never forget to take your medicine, as missing even a single dose can have a severe effect on your blood sugar level. This in turn can be bad for the child growing in your womb.
Along with diabetes medicine, you should take your iron and calcium supplements as directed by your doctor. Supplements are important for you and the health of your baby.
- Throughout the day, eat smaller portions of food more often. Choose foods that are varied so that you can enjoy each and every meal.
- Include more green leafy vegetables in your diet.
- Eat low glycemic index fruits, such as apples, guava, oranges, watermelon and so on.
- Limit the amount of fat you eat, particularly saturated fat. Use healthy fats in your cooking like olive oil and polyunsaturated oils, and eat foods with healthy fats like avocados and unsalted nuts.
- Eat two small servings of protein each day, as protein is important for the growth of the baby.
- Include two or three servings of low-fat, calcium-rich foods in your diet each day.
- The best drink for your body is water. Plain mineral water with fresh lemon or lime is effective at keeping your body hydrated.
- Closely monitor the movement of your baby. If you do not feel any movement for a couple of hours, see your doctor immediately.