How to Prepare for Pregnancy After Gestational Diabetes

At 30 weeks pregnant with Lia I found out I had gestational diabetes. Before I had an appointment with my nutritionist I began to google and find all the information and books I could about it. Turns out it is way simpler than I expected.

When you have had gestational diabetes it is important to prepare your body when wanting to have another baby. Check out how! pregnancy, gestational diabetes, diabetes, gestational, pregnancy, pregnant woman, pregnant, preggers, preggo, baby, diabetes, newborn, health

What is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational diabetes does not come from eating too many sweats and sugar. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Why does it happen? Well, you thank your good ol’ placenta. The placenta releases hormones which block insulin from doing it’s job causing your blood sugar levels to spike. When you get gestational diabetes your doctor will pair you up with a nutritionist during your pregnancy to help you learn how to keep your levels at bay. But did you know that once you have it you are more likely to develop it in future pregnancies? Well there are ways to prepare yourself for it.

Start your meal plan again

The best way to keep your blood sugar levels low is to control the amount of carbohydrates you take. It is recommended that 3-6 months prior to getting pregnant again you start to implement your meal plan again.

Try to spread your pregnancies 18 months apart.

With gestational diabetes comes the increased chance of preterm labor. It is recommended you wait 18 months between pregnancies to lower the risk.

Get moving!

Staying active is a great way to prepare your body for pregnancy and birth in general. Exercising lets your body use glucose without needing extra insulin.

Why is this all important? Well having untreated gestational diabetes can result in the following complications :

Baby:

  • increasing the risk of pre-term labor
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)- severe episodes can cause seizures in baby
  • higher chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life
  • macrosomia- your baby can gain excessive birth weight. the extra glucose in your placenta triggers their tiny pancreas to make extra insulin. Large babies can have a difficult time passing through the birth canal causing injuries or requiring a c-section

Mom:

  • preeclampsia- high blood pressure during pregnancy can be extremely dangerous to both mother and child
  • your chances of having diabetes in the future increases

Don’t let these complications scare you. Meal planning and exercise are a great way to keep your blood sugar at safe levels and controlled. Your doctor or midwives will keep checking in with you regularly and making sure both you and your baby are safe. My nutritionist recommended I begin to implement a healthy eating and active lifestyle 3-6 months prior to getting pregnant. Although we have not decided on an exact time frame, we do know that it will be after our wedding in October and we wish to be as prepared as we possibly can be.

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. July 11, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Such a good article! That’s really good to know about starting your meal plan early! I didn’t have gestational diabetes, but I’ll be sure to share this for those that do/did!

  2. July 11, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Gestational diabetes is so common! I lucked out and did not have it but these are great tips to know. I will pass along to any of my expecting mommy friends!

  3. July 11, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    (Reposting this as I’m not sure if it is duplicate) Gestational diabetes is so common! I lucked out and did not have it but these are great tips to know. I will pass along to any of my expecting mommy friends!

  4. July 12, 2018 / 12:09 am

    Really great information for expecting mothers. Getting diabetes could be really scary because of all the health risk to the baby.

    • July 16, 2018 / 7:50 am

      Yes! When I first found out I was terrified

  5. July 12, 2018 / 6:14 am

    This is a lot of really great information and advice. This is good even for women who did not have gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy.

    • July 16, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Thank you. Definitely great tips for anyone wanting to prepare their body for pregnancy

  6. July 12, 2018 / 6:21 am

    This is a good short guide for gestational diabetics. I remember how much I had panicked when I had this. Read up several books then.

    • July 16, 2018 / 7:49 am

      I remember panicking too! It was much easier and less scary once I knew what was going on. But I too did a lot of reading

  7. Becca Wilson
    July 12, 2018 / 8:05 am

    This is some really great advice. I did not have gestational diabetes but have had friends and family members that have.

  8. July 12, 2018 / 9:10 am

    Great info! Also, that smoothie bowl is making me hungry lol

  9. Ashley
    July 12, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    These are such great tips! I had gestational diabetes with both my pregnancies and your advice is spot on with what my doc and nutritionist told me to do. This article will be very helpful to others.

    • July 16, 2018 / 7:48 am

      So glad you found my information to be good! I am definitely preparing myself early on

  10. Kelsey
    July 12, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Such great info- thanks for sharing!

  11. Christina Pilat
    July 12, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    This is really gear info! I knew this was a thing but I didn’t know it would recur in further pregnancies. It’s so scary when things like this happen so it’s so great to prepare!great resource!

    • July 16, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Yes it can get super scary if not treated correctly.

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