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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:27 PM
Even if you do develop gestational diabetes, it doesn't necessarily mean you need to adhere to a super strict diet for the remainder of your pregnancy. Yes, some changes might be needed, but it's rarely the stringent diet often recommended for full-blown diabetes. The main thing will be to eat six mini-meals per day in order to spread out your sugar intake, lower your simple carbohydrate intake and increase your protein intake. These things keep your blood sugar levels more stable.
The risks to a baby born to an untreated mother with gestational diabetes makes this something that should never be ignored, though. If you develop this condition and fail to treat it properly, as your doctor recommends, it can result in an over-sized baby. This often necessitates a C-section delivery. The baby may also be premature due to mom's high blood sugar. Premature babies often have respiratory distress syndrome as their lungs aren't fully developed yet.
The most serious risk is that the baby develops seriously low blood sugar right after birth. This happens because the baby is producing too much insulin to deal with mom's blood sugar levels, but when born, this insulin is far too much for their little body. These babies need to be fed right away or even given an IV glucose solution to quickly level their blood sugars. If not treated promptly, or if the levels go dangerously low, a baby can have seizures.
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