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What Pregnant Moms Need to Know About Gestational Diabetes

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The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at

Joining us as guest blogger is Jill Knapp. Jill is from Idaho, where she lost 100 pounds after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant. Today, she manages her diabetes with diet and exercise and without medication. Jill’s goal is to keep generating awareness about Type 2 diabetes and encouraging others to “Get Up and Get Moving.” She competed in the Mrs. Idaho pageant, made the top 5 and the reason she competed was to continue spreading her message.

Gestational diabetes affects about 4% or all pregnant women. The cause of gestational diabetes is unknown all though there are some clues.

Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed in to energy.

Now although you cannot prevent gestational diabetes, it would help if you stay at a good weight during pregnancy and if you do end up with gestational diabetes you can follow doctor’s orders for a special meal plan and scheduled physical activity. Your doctor most likely will include daily blood glucose testing and possible insulin injections.

For the mother-to-be, treatment will help lower the risk of having a cesarean section birth that very large babies may require. If you do indeed get a diagnosis of gestational diabetes stick to your treatment plan and have a healthy pregnancy and birth and may also help your baby avoid future poor health.

For most cases gestational diabetes usually goes away after pregnancy. However, there tends to be a link between having gestational diabetes and then ending up eventually with type 2 diabetes. They both involve insulin resistance. Basic lifestyle changes may prevent diabetes after gestational diabetes.healthy pregnant woman

Losing Weight- Are you more than over your ideal weight? Losing even just a few pounds can help you avoid developing type 2 diabetes.

Making healthier food choices- follow simple daily guidelines, like eating a variety of food including fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting fat intake to 30% or less of your daily calories and really watch your portion size. Healthy eating habits can help prevent diabetes and other health problems

Exercising- Getting regular exercises allows your body to use glucose without extra insulin. This can help compact insulin resistance and is what makes exercise helpful to people with diabetes. Starting a good exercise plan now can aid in keeping diabetes at bay.

Remember to eat right, get a good amount of exercise and keep a positive attitude. This will help you have a healthy pregnancy.

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July 21st, 2009

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I am so glad I read this today. I have been crying all day today because I am so worried of my gestational diabetes diagnosis. After my Dr. gave me the news 2 days ago I have just fallen apart.
I so appreciate this article.

posted Sep 16th, 2009 6:03 pm

Kaity King

oh how i needed to read this today. I have gestational diabetes and am so worried I have gained to much weight. I am so sad that they did not tell me about my results until last frienday and I only have 2 weeks until I am induced. I will Use Jill as an example to help me start to drop some of this weight esp after this baby is born.

Wonderful message.

posted Aug 24th, 2009 5:30 pm

Clair Jones

This is my 6th pregnancy and my 5th time getting gestational diabetes along with my pregnancy so I know that you have to work hard to eat right and get lots of exercise. great post.

posted Aug 10th, 2009 6:39 pm


I have always worried about getting diabetes after my pregnancy's. thanks good information

posted Aug 4th, 2009 4:36 pm


loved her web site. Diabetes runs in my family so I worry. Thanks for the good info

posted Jul 28th, 2009 9:44 pm


I really liked this article. Not only can I draw incite from someone that has had this during her own pregnancy but I can learn how to get back on track after my baby comes in 3 weeks.
Thanks, love her message

posted Jul 23rd, 2009 6:19 pm

Brenda W

I went to her site and read all about how she lost 100 pounds. She was not on any meds to do it. I am really impressed by her.

This is the 4th time I have been gestational diabetic and I know the drill. I may end up with it later on in life but hope to use what this lady has done and really keep my weight off so even if I do get it I can control it without meds.

posted Jul 22nd, 2009 1:05 pm


Great! I am 32 weeks prego and have to watch everything I put in my mouth!

It's worth it though

posted Jul 21st, 2009 9:34 pm


I needed this. I just found out I have Gestational Diabetes 2 weeks ago.

posted Jul 21st, 2009 1:46 pm


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