Making these simple changes to your lifestyle will go a long way in managing gestational diabetes
By Associate Professor TAN Thiam Chye Head & Senior Consultant, Dr TAN Shu Qi
Associate Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Don't over-worry about your diagnosis of gestational diabetes. Make a few changes to your lifestyle will pave the way for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Having these three habits will help you manage gestational diabetes mellitus, or GDM:
The right nutrition will help to control your blood sugar levels. Have a healthy pregnancy diet by:
Related: Keeping To A Healthy Diet Plan for GDM
Physical activity will improve your body's ability to use the glucose in the blood, thus helping to manage your GDM. However, as you're pregnant, you will also need to be careful when exercising. Take note of these pointers:
Related: Maintaining An Active Lifestyle With GDM
Self-monitoring of your blood sugar levels is crucial to keeping your GDM in check, especially as you're unlikely to visit the clinic every day to test your blood sugar levels. Uncontrolled GDM poses health risks to your pregnancy and baby. Getting a regular reading of your blood glucose levels can also help you tweak your lifestyle to a healthier and safer one for your pregnancy. The frequency at which you monitor your blood glucose from home is dependent on your treatment goals, so discuss with your doctor about your blood glucose targets.
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The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific
Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore
This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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