Can I Breast Feed My Baby If I Had Gestational Diabetes?

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Breastfeeding is one of the most important things that a mom has to do after giving birth to her baby. Milk coming from the mother’s breasts is rich in nutrients that can help the baby grow strong during his or her first months of life. However, mothers suffering from gestational diabetes during pregnancy often wonder whether it is safe for them to breastfeed their babies or not. Even though gestational diabetes stops right after pregnancy, mothers often worry about the possibility of passing their condition to their newborn babies. Hence, one of the dilemmas that they have is whether to breastfeed or not.

I breastfed both my children – first I pumped because they were preemies, but later breastfed at home and pumped to keep the supply up.  It is a very important part of taking care of a newborn or preemie, and I encourage you to breastfeed.

To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed?

The answer to the aforementioned question is pretty simple. If you want your baby to grow healthy, then you should breastfeed your baby. If you don’t want to breastfeed your baby, using formula is also acceptable, as whatever formula your doctor recommends will contain healthy nutrients to help your baby grow. Breastfeeding is best, especially if your child has allergies or is delivered early, but you have the choice.

Having GDM is not a hindrance to breastfeeding. It will not have any impact on your ability to breastfeed your child. In fact, breastfeeding is highly encouraged, if not sorely needed, by the newborn. A baby borne of a mother with GDM is at risk of developing hypoglycemia or low blood sugar after birth because of the pancreas’ continuous production of insulin as conditioned inside the womb of the mother. Hence, early breastfeeding within 30 minutes to one hour after birth is needed to maintain the normal blood glucose levels in your baby’s body. Moreover, because of the nutrients that can be found in breast milk, you are actually lowering the risk of you baby’s incurring diabetes later on in life.

How Important is Breastfeeding?

It is often said that breastfeeding is best for babies up to two years of age. That is because breast milk contains many nutrients that can be beneficial to your baby not just for the time being but also later in his or her life. Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect your baby against illnesses during his or her first few months of life. This prevents the baby from getting colds, gastroenteritis, and infections, in which he or she is very prone to because of the immature immune system that the baby has right after birth.

Allergies like eczema and asthma are also prevented by breastfeeding. Contrary to popular belief, breast milk can also help reduce the risk of diabetes, leukemia, and other types of cancer later in life, regardless whether the mom had gestational diabetes or not.

Breastfeeding also has a couple of advantages for the mother. Constant breastfeeding can help you lose the weight that you gained during your pregnancy. In fact, continuing breastfeeding beyond six months is a great way to naturally control your weight. It also has long-term benefits, such as reducing your risk of developing cancer and osteoporosis. Hence, breastfeeding is not only good for the baby, but also for the mother.

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Brand New Book Released For Women In Need Of Gestational Diabetes Meal Plans On Amazon

ogttMathea Ford announces the release of her third book on Amazon, entitled “Gestational Diabetes Diet Meal Plan and Recipes: Your Guide To Controlling Blood Sugars & Weight Gain“. The book provides a resource for the newly diagnosed mom.

Oklahoma City, OK (I-Newswire) January 19, 2013 – Gestational Diabetic Diet HQ and CEO Mathea Ford, RD/LD announces the launch of her third book “Gestational Diabetes Diet Meal Plan and Recipes: Your Guide To Controlling Blood Sugars and Weight Gain”. Her book is available now in print form via Amazon. This book describes best practices for diets and meal planning for gestational diabetes and includes full meal patterns and recipes for the duration of the pregnancy. Mathea spent two years gathering the information and formulating the meal plan recipes for the bulk of this book and she is very grateful to all the friends and family that made the book possible including her fine group of employees at Healthy Diet Menus For You, LLC.

Currently the book is priced at a very reasonable rate and is appropriate for those in need of information related to gestational diabetes diet meal plans. When asked about how this book will help newly diagnosed women, Mathea stated, “When women have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and are in need of some assistance in meal planning, the book teaches them how to manage a gestational diabetes diet meal plan with the ultimate goal a healthy pregnancy and a health baby.” In addition, Mathea talked about how the new health care laws will make it more likely for women to be diagnosed and in need of help finding their way, stating, “With the changes to the Affordable Health Care Act this is a timely launch as with the new plan year of 2013 we expect the diagnoses of gestational diabetes to increase with in the parameters of the Act.” Having gone through a pregnancy with gestational diabetes, Mathea feels her experiences can help new moms manage the tough road ahead and come out with a healthy and enjoyable experience when using a meal plan. Her book can be found at amazon by clicking this link: Gestational Diabetes Diet Meal Plan and Recipes: Your Guide To Controlling Blood Sugars & Weight Gain

Brought to you by Healthy Diet Menus for You, LLC, Gestational Diabetic Diet HQ specializes in gestational diabetes diets and meal planning. The Gestational Diabetic Diet HQ website provides valuable information for all types of diabetic pregnant patients through an extensive information library of articles and a fully functional blog written by the CEO and Registered Dietitian, Mathea Ford. Gestational Diabetic Diet HQ is committed to bringing the utmost quality and service to it is client base through it’s website and toll free phone number. Specializing in this very complicated and unique group of patients, Gestational Diabetic Diet HQ is proud to be a superb resource that can be relied upon by it’s clients to meet the demands that our client’s desire.

Gestational Diabetic Diet HQ is operated by Healthy Diet Menus For You, LLC located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is operated by the principals Mathea Ford RD/LD MBA and Chief Executive Officer and Donovan Ford, Chief Operations Officer. Healthy Diet Menus For You, LLC was launched in January 2011 as the brain child of Mathea Ford who is also currently serving as CEO. Healthy Diet Menus For You, LLC provides meal plans for diabetic, gestational diabetic, renal, renal diabetic and cardiac patients.

 

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I Have Gestational Diabetes, When Will The Doctor Put Me On Insulin?

You May Be Wondering If You Will Need Insulin

One question that routinely pops up if an expectant mother has gestational diabetes, is at which stage of the pregnancy should insulin become a part of the medication prescribed. Most doctors prefer to treat patients the ‘natural’ way that is by altering the patient’s diet and encouraging a stricter exercise regime which could be beneficial in keeping excess weight off in addition to stabilizing sugar levels in the blood. If you face a similar problem of high blood sugar levels, it is quite possible that your doctor will conduct routine blood tests every few weeks or so, to test the effectiveness of the diet and exercise combination. In most cases, sugar levels can be brought under control and extra insulin shots are not necessary, but if your doctor advises it, just remember that it is these shots which can help to prevent further pregnancy complications.  This usually happens after 1-2 months of trying diet and exercise, but it depends on your doctor’s practice.

What Is Insulin Used For In Gestational Diabetes?

Insulin is an important hormone that is secreted by the pancreas and which enables the conversion of glucose absorbed from food into energy. Sometimes, a pregnant mother may not even be aware that she has untreated gestational diabetes and in such cases, the pancreas works even harder to meet the body’s insulin requirement. However in such circumstances, there is also a chance that existing glucose levels in the mother’s blood can reach the baby through the placenta, which in turn forces the baby’s pancreas to product extra insulin for faster energy conversion. Extra glucose is then stored as fat and in many cases, such babies are later born with health problems including trouble in breathing properly.

What are insulin shots for gestational diabetes?

After conducting a thorough analysis of your blood test and sugar levels, your doctor will suggest the right type of insulin and the dosage to take. Insulin shots can either be rapid acting insulin or long acting insulin and usually U-100 is prescribed unless a patient requires a higher concentrated dose. You’ll find that insulin is packed in small glass bottles sealed with a rubber lid or in pen like cartridges which are stored in pharmacies at cooler temperatures. Insulin can be administered as an injection in the arm or thigh, given through a pump or by a jet indicator which sprays the insulin directly on the skin. Oral insulin medication is usually not advised for pregnant women.

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Insulin pen needle (Photo credit: Aki Hänninen)

Self-administration of insulin may take plenty of practice but it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions properly. And it doesn’t hurt to let your doctor know if you have a fear of needles either! Hundreds of women all over the world take insulin shots to prevent the possibility of complications in the baby and also to reduce weight gain in the baby and the mother from continually high blood sugars. But remember- even if you are advised to take insulin shots, it’s still important to take care of yourself by following a healthy diet and getting your daily dose of exercise. Although you may find self-injection uncomfortable and even painful, it will all be worth it in the end when you hold your healthy newborn in your arms!

Let me know if you have been told you will need insulin shots, and how you feel about it!  You will get some training from the nurse and doctors about the best way to administer a shot but you will have to get over the poking yourself issue.  You may already be over that with the 4 times daily blood sugar checks, though, and your insulin needle is very small – many women state it doesn’t hurt much at all.

Speaking of being on a gestational diabetic diet to control your blood sugars in conjunction with exercise and other medications – click here to get our book with meal plans and other great information about gestational diabetes.  The book is on amazon, and it’s a great resource with meal patterns and recipes for you.

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Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu – The 3 Most Common Mistakes Women Make [Is This You?]

What Kind Of Mistakes Do We Make On A Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu?

A gestational diabetes diet menu helps you to plan what you need eat throughout the day to meet your calorie and protein needs.  By using a diet menu, you can rest assured that you have eaten the right amount of food to have a healthy baby yet, keep your diabetes under control.  This is a guide to some of the most common mistakes that women make when on a gestational diabetes diet.

Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu Mistake Number 1 – Not measuring your food and knowing the serving sizes for the food you eat.  Portion sizes can be confusing for you and packaging may contain several servings.  A good example of this the fact that 1 pint of ice cream usually equals 4 servings.

What to do instead: plan out what you want to eat throughout the day, and portion it out.  While this might take a little time at the beginning of the week, it is an excellent way to make sure you’re eating just what you need.  For example, my gestational diabetes meal plan contains patterns and meal listings for an entire day so you don’t have to spend so much time figuring out what to eat.

Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu Mistake # 2 – Not eating throughout the day and skipping meals.  Most women think that they need to limit their intake to make sure that their blood sugars don’t get too high.  Often they avoid foods that are really okay to eat if they knew the correct amount.

What to do instead: get a meal pattern for an entire day that shows the amount of calories and carbohydrates that you need.  This will allow you to plan your day and eat snacks and smaller meals.  It’s important that you eat enough calories to make sure your baby grows properly.  You also need to eat the right kinds of calories to control your blood sugar.

Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu Mistake # 3 – Not having a plan for the day.  You can end up eating too much carbohydrates or too little calories which affects your blood sugar and your baby.  If you take medication to control your diabetes, you need to be able to plan out your day to avoid high and low blood sugars.

What to do instead: use a meal pattern and planner for the day, like the kind that we provide as part of our gestational diabetes meal plan.  You should get something with a breakfast, lunch, snacks, and daily planner that is based on the number of calories that you need for the day during your pregnancy.

Fixing these 3 mistakes can be an important part of controlling your gestational diabetes.  As you work with your doctor or diabetes educator, be sure to understand how you should eat throughout the day to make the most of your pregnancy.

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