Diabetic and Pregnant: Managing Your Blood Sugar Levels While Pregnant

Whether you have Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes or are just at risk for it, keeping your blood sugar under control when you're pregnant is essential to you and your baby's health.

The problem is, all the hormone fluctuations, cravings, stress and reduced activity don't make it easy. Here are some ways to try and keep that blood sugar under control for those crucial 9 months.

Test More Often

To manage your glucose through all the changes in your body, you've got to really be on top of what's going on in your blood. Check your blood glucose levels more frequently. If you've ever thought about switching to an automatic, continuous glucose monitoring system, now is a good time.

Fuel Your Body Steadily

Both low blood sugar and high blood sugar pose a threat, so big meals that are spaced hours apart might not work as well during your pregnancy.

It might help you keep your blood sugar levels more stable if you eat more often, but smaller quantities. Instead of sitting down for big meals two or three times per day, graze on small portions every couple of hours.

Stick to snacks that are primarily low in sugar and fat, and high in protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber.

Reconsider Meds

If you're not on diabetes medication, oral meds might help. If you are on oral medication, switching or including insulin might be beneficial. Record your blood glucose levels vigilantly and talk to your doctor about the best course of action for your pregnancy.

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