Exercise is an important part of treating
gestational diabetes. It can help lower your
blood sugar level. It also can improve your posture, relieve back pain and
other discomforts related to pregnancy, and prepare you for the challenge of
childbirth. If you exercise regularly, you may be able to avoid having to take
insulin. If you do take insulin, regular exercise may
make it possible for you to take a smaller amount.
Most women can
begin or continue to exercise during pregnancy. Try to do at least 2½
moderate exercise a week.1, 2 One way to do this is to be active
30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. It's fine to be active in blocks of
10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.
Injuries that are minor in a healthy person can have severe consequences
when you have diabetes, so good wound care is essential.
Because of reduced circulation and problems with sensation (neuropathy),
people with diabetes are at a much higher risk for complications from ordinary,
everyday cuts and scrapes.
you have never exercised regularly or were not exercising before you became
pregnant, talk with your doctor before you start exercising. Exercise that does
not place too much stress on your lower body—such as using an arm ergometer, a
machine that just works your arm muscles; or riding a recumbent bicycle, a type
of bike with a seat that looks like a chair—are especially good for pregnant
women. You may also want to try special exercise classes for pregnant women or
other low-impact activities such as swimming or walking.
Avoid overheating and dehydration
Drink plenty of water before, during, and after you are active. This
is very important when it’s hot out and when you do intense exercise.
Stay at your prepregnancy level of fitness
early stages of pregnancy, most women can do the same type of exercise they
were doing before pregnancy including jogging, biking, roller-skating, or
skiing. As your pregnancy advances, you may want to slow down or do less
strenuous activities such as walking and swimming.
Unless you are a competitive athlete,
avoid strenuous activity, and exercise in moderation. You should be able to
talk while working out and you should never feel exhausted. Stop and call your
doctor if you notice any symptoms such as:
After the fourth month, avoid any exercise that requires
you to lie flat on your back on a hard surface. The increasing size and weight
of your uterus will press on the large blood vessel that returns blood from
your lower body to your heart.
As you get further along in your
pregnancy, you may feel less stable on your feet or have trouble balancing
well. At this point, you should avoid any activities that may cause you to
fall, such as skiing or roller-skating.
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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