During pregnancy, the placenta produces hormones to sustain the pregnancy. This hormone makes cells more resistant to insulin. Other hormones are produced by the placenta to help prevent the mother from developing low blood sugar. They work by stopping the actions of insulin.
Gestational diabetes (or gestational diabetes mellitus, GDM) is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy.
How Is Gestational Diabetes Prevented?
Gestational diabetes is prevented by:
- Monitoring blood sugar levels four times per day (Monitoring blood sugar before all meals also necessary.)
- Monitoring urine (an acid that indicates your diabetes is not under control).
- Keep your weight gain.
- Following specific dietary guidelines as instructed by your doctor. You'll be asked to distribute your calories evenly throughout the day by day.
We recommend that you consult with your doctor once a month. However, pregnancy is the period of the most memorable for you, mom.