Gestational Diabetes

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Women with gestational diabetes may also learn how to test for ketones in morning urine or in blood. High levels of ketones (which are harmful for your baby) are a sign that your body is using your body fat for energy instead of the food you eat. Using fat for energy is not recommended during pregnancy.
 
If your ketone levels are high, your healthcare providers may suggest that you change the type or amount of food you eat. Or, you may need to change your meal times or snack times.
 

Gestational Diabetes After the Pregnancy

Some women wonder: "After I have my baby, how can I find out whether my diabetes is gone?" You will probably have a blood glucose test 6 to 12 weeks after your baby is born to see whether you still have diabetes.
 
For most women, the condition goes away after pregnancy. However, you are at risk of having gestational diabetes during future pregnancies or getting type 2 diabetes later on in life.
 

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes After Gestational Diabetes

Even if you have had gestational diabetes, you can do a lot to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes:
 
  • Reach and maintain a reasonable weight. Even if you stay above your ideal weight, losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight is enough to make a big difference. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, losing 10 to 14 pounds can greatly reduce your chance of getting diabetes.
     
  • Be physically active for 30 minutes most days. Walk, swim, exercise, or go dancing.
     
  • Follow a healthy eating plan. Eat more grains, fruits, and vegetables. Cut down on fat and calories. A dietitian can help you design a meal plan.
     
Remind your healthcare team to check your blood glucose levels regularly. Women who have had gestational diabetes should continue to be tested for diabetes or pre-diabetes every three years. Diagnosing diabetes or pre-diabetes early can help prevent complications later, such as heart disease.
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