Gestational Diabetes and Infant Health

gestational diabetes and infant healthIt is a natural part of motherhood to worry about the health and well-being of your child. Even before your baby is born you are attuned to every movement your child makes inside of you. You feel every kick and every hiccup, and every day you do the best you can do to keep that baby happy and healthy, just as you will for the rest of his life after he is born.

If you are a mother dealing with gestational diabetes, you likely feel this worry at an even deeper level. It is a scary thought that your actions and the foods you eat could cause problems with the child you are carrying. The very idea of needing to take medications or give yourself shots is enough to make anyone concerned, even more so parents. The very first thing that most women think when they hear the diagnosis of gestational diabetes is “Will my baby be okay?”.

The short answer is yes. Luckily, in this advanced age of medical knowledge and early screening techniques, doctors are able to diagnose and treat gestational diabetes so that you and your unborn baby can stay safe and healthy. Here are some rules and tips to live by for gestational diabetes and infant health:

Prenatal Care

From the very day that you find out you are pregnant, you should be under the care of an OBGYN specialist. In the second trimester of your pregnancy (usually in the 24th-28th weeks), you will likely complete glucose tolerance testing. If your doctor feels like you are at risk, he/she may recommend you test earlier.

Following Doctors Orders

If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it is very important that you listen to what your doctor tells you and ask questions to make sure you understand what is happening. Following the recommendations that your doctor gives you, especially when it comes to treating your gestational diabetes, is important to the health of yourself and your baby. You may have dietary restrictions, medications, or blood glucose testing schedules that you need to follow.

Healthy Balanced Diet

As with any pregnancy, a healthy balanced diet is highly recommended. For women with gestational diabetes a healthy diet is even more important. It is imperative that you keep your blood sugar stabilized and diet control is one of the most effective ways of doing so.

Overall, gestational diabetes is very unlikely to affect your baby. Left untreated there are certain conditions that could hurt you or affect your baby, but with proper medical treatment and by following doctors’ orders, you can have a healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery. The most common complications with gestational diabetes, which are not very common at all, are having large babies that may need to be delivered via cesarean.

Gestational diabetes does not typically cause any sort of deformities or birth defects, nor does it cause the child problems later in life. Just like everyone else, if your child lives a healthy life with a healthy diet and moderate exercise, he or she will grow up to be happy and healthy. It all starts with you.

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