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What are the treatments for gestational diabetes?

All pregnant women are tested for gestational diabetes in their second trimester. Some women are more at risk than others, but all should be tested just in case. The glucose test itself involves drinking a glucose soda provided by your doctor and then testing your blood sugar level. If the level is too high, then an additional test will be done.

If it is determined that you do have gestational diabetes, you will need the assistance of a registered dietician. This is because treatment will involve planning and implementing a diet plan that encompasses both the required nutrients for mom and baby and will address the diabetes. An exercise plan that is utilising four or five times a week will also assist with the use of your body’s insulin. This will help control the body’s blood sugar levels.

If tested positive for gestational diabetes, mum will need to have her blood sugar tested regularly. This may require insulin injections if the blood sugar level cannot be maintained. This is typically a small percentage of mothers.

There will be quite a bit more testing as the pregnancy nears its end. This is to ensure the baby is delivered safe and sound. For most mothers, blood sugar levels will return to normal after pregnancy.

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