What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About Gestational Diabetes - Part 2



Did you know that Gestational Diabetes is the most common complication during pregnancy?  

It's more common than you think.  About 18% of pregnant women get diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes while pregnant according to Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE, CLT.

I hope you were able to read my first blog on Gestational Diabetes and watch part 1 and 2 of my interview with Lily.  It was fascinating.  We learned what GD is.  We learned about the Hemoglobin AIC test and why you should get it in the 1st trimester.  We learned how the glucose tolerance test works and what you should expect and a lot more.


In Part 3 we talk about:

  • What you need to do first if you get diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. (Hint...take a deep breath).
  • Getting diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes isn't the worse thing in the world. (It's more common than you think).
  • How controlling your blood sugar is a lot easier than you think.
  • How high blood sugar affects a baby during the 1st trimester vs the last trimester.
  • When to test your blood sugar levels and why it is important to do so.
  • What can raise your blood sugar levels besides food.
  • Ideal weight gain during pregnancy and why it's so important to stay with in those guidelines.




In part 4 we talk about:

  • Exercising during pregnancy and why it is so important. 
  • The different forms of exercise and which is best to do during pregnancy. 
  • Pilates during pregnancy and why it is beneficial.
  • How regular exercise can reduce the risk of gestational diabetes (the statistics will shock you!).
  • How long you should wait after giving birth to resume exercising.
  • The simple exercise you can do to protect from low back pain (and keep good posture).
  • The importance of abdominal muscles during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Belly dancing and how it impacts labor. (This is a great story).
  • Labor and secrets to "pushing" better.




I hope you enjoyed it and found it informative.  If you want to contact Lily, you can at PilatesNutritionist.com .   If you haven't watched part 1 and 2 of my interview regarding Gestational Diabetes in my last blog, here is the link.

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