Natural Remedies For Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a special type of diabetes in which some women (about 3-10%) who do not have previously diagnosed diabetes will exhibit high blood glucose levels during their pregnancy, most typically during their third trimester.  This occurs because their insulin receptors do not function properly, so do not take up glucose as they normally do, much similar to normal type two diabetes.  Gestational diabetes rarely has many symptoms, but because of aggressive health screening of the mother during pregnancy, is usually found through these tests.  Gestational diabetes carries with it some of the same risks as pregnancy with more typical variations of diabetes, including: the fetus being large for their gestational age, which can cause delivery complications, jaundice, and if left untreated can cause such serious results as seizures or stillbirth.  If not properly treated, the mother also has an increased chance of forming type two diabetes after the pregnancy.  Gestational diabetes, however, is very treatable, with the best bet being a natural remedy of healthy food planning.

 

How can I treat Gestational Diabetes?

Treating gestational diabetes is very similar to treating type two diabetes, though it may not need as long term an intervention due to it’s connection with the pregnancy itself.  If it is treated early, it can be prevented from developing into full diabetes mellitus.  By controlling the amount of glucose building up in the blood, unhealthy and dangerous side effects can be minimized, until the condition subsides.

  • Avoid ALL forms of sugar.  Honey, syrups, sodas, sugar in your tea or coffee, desserts, foods with added sugar, all of it!  These will wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels and progress to getting your insulin receptors working properly again.  Keep your carbs coming in from whole sources, such as vegetables (broccoli, sweet potatoes, etc.) and whole grains (quinoa, brown rices, etc.).
  • Eat Often!  Every 2-3 hours you should be having at least a small snack.  This may not be ideal when not faced with gestational diabetes, but having at least a small snack every 2-3 hours between meals, such as nuts or vegetables, will help regulate your blood sugar.  Protein is a big helper here as well, so the nuts are a great choice.
  • Take a log of your blood sugar levels, and if you note consistent spots where they spike, such as after a major meal, take a walk for 5-20 minutes to help force your muscles and other cells into absorbing some of the build up glucose and insulin.
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