Natural Tips to Lower Gestational Diabetes or Pregnancy Diabetes |Diet & Exercise-Dr.Poornima Murthy

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Sugars during pregnancy can be lowered naturally that is without even medications, are by exercise or diabetic diet. Exercise consist of walking, the main thing is walking about 2 times a day, one in the morning, and one after dinner just before you sleep and walking and the speed of walking depends on the comfort level of the patients. Some patients who don’t have too much of pain, they usually manage some amount of brisk walking, whereas patients who gain lot of weight they would usually like to have a light stroll. There are some exercises called as isometric exercises, wherein 1 kg weight is grasped on both the hands, that is dumbbells and if dumbbells are not available what she could do is fill the 1 litre water bottle and fill water in that and keep water in each hand and start flexing her upper limb at the elbow up and down, about 3 to 4 sets in a day and each set will be stopped when the patient has got shortness of breath and she feels tired and these type of exercises will bring the sugar down, the second type of way how she can lower her sugars is the diabetic diet. In the diabetic diet the whole meal has to be divided into 6 portions, that is 3 major meals, that is breakfast lunch and dinner and snacks in between that and may be a midnight snack because gestational diabetes patient generally feel a little more hungry than the rest of the population mainly because they are exercising and following some kind of a diet. Direct sugars like sugars and bakery items and pastries, cakes and ice-cream, milkshakes, in fruits, fruits like pineapple, chikoo, big banana will have to be avoided, brown bread has to be taken, rice has to be avoided, wheat and ragi to be encouraged, raw vegetables and ofcourse they can have light non-vegetarian food.

Gestational Diabetes Diet:

Pregnant women use more carbohydrates and need more calories than nonpregnant women. A standard recommendation for a pregnant woman is around 175g of carbohydrates total per day. Since you need carbohydrates for a healthy pregnancy; we do not recommend keto, no-carb, or low-carb diets for gestational diabetes diet. Some studies have shown, that being in ketosis during pregnancy affects the baby’s IQ and mental capacity.

Having gestational diabetes requires finding a balance to prevent blood sugar spikes with fasting and after meals. By restricting your carbohydrates too much in your gestational diabetes diet, you are at risk of ketosis and it’s important to avoid ketosis during pregnancy as we already briefly discussed.

We recommend that pregnant women eat 3-4 meals and 2-4 snacks per day for the gestational diabetes diet. The key is to keep the carbohydrate load distributed throughout the day to prevent blood sugar spikes. A rule of thumb could be eating 30-45 grams of carbohydrates per meal and about 15 to 20 g of carbohydrates per snack. Your individual needs depend on how much your blood sugars spike at 1 or 2 hours after a meal. Your fasting blood sugars are also very important.
If your blood sugar is spiking even with reduced carbohydrates down to 30 g per meal, then medication may be necessary. Since during pregnancy restricting carbohydrates too much is a definite “NO” then medication is the only solution in this situation. To prevent the complications of gestational diabetes, your fasting, 1-hour and 2-hour blood sugars must be well controlled. If you do not treat your gestational diabetes, you may end up having problems during or after pregnancy and your baby may be affected.

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