Dealing With Gestational Diabetes Is A Mental And Physical Ordeal
You may have just learned that you have gestational diabetes and you are still somewhat overwhelmed about it. I remember being overwhelmed myself, especially with all there is to learn about. I want you to know that you are not along and you can make it through.
You are working for both you and your baby. I tried to think about the baby when I was feeling frustrated about what I needed to do and how I was going to get it all done.
Step One Is Learning What It Means To You
Every woman who has gestational diabetes does not have the same experience. You will not be like your friend who has a horror story to tell you about her pregnancy. Your body will react in a way that makes sense for you. You may or may not have to take shots or be on bedrest. It all depends.
Step Two Is Starting Small
Gestational diabetes is a huge undertaking. That is why a step by step approach is the best one to have. You can start with learning what it means. You can learn a great deal about the overall picture and what it means to you from just reading a couple of articles on wikipedia about gestational diabetes. Then you will know what it can be and how you can work to manage it.
After all, it is manageable. You will get through it, and I don’t care if you were diagnosed at week 8 or week 38, it matters to keep you blood sugar levels under control.
Step Three Is Understanding Your Body
You need to learn what carbohydrates are. Carbohydrates are the parts of food that are made up of glucose molecules, and your label on the food products tell you how much carbohydrate is in one serving of a food. Knowing how your body reacts to carbohydrate is important in your control. Some women can eat a good amount of carbohydrate and not have the same high blood sugar that other women have. Some women find that eating just a small amount of carbohydrate really increases their blood sugar levels and they have to be very careful about what they eat and how much.
So, understand your body is different from everyone else. Understand that you will have a different experience than others, and not beating yourself up over it will keep you sane. Don’t expect to be perfect, do your best and eat what you can with a balanced diet. Check your blood sugars as often as the doctor tells you to, so you can get good feedback on how you are doing. And take your medication as prescribed.
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