The Importance of Exercise For Diabetes in Pregnancy

Exercise is a healthy part of any pregnancy. For women with diabetes, regular exercise: Reduces stress Improves strength and flexibility Helps your body use insulin better Controls your weight Leads to a quicker recovery after delivery How Does Exercise Affect Blood Sugar? Both exercise and insulin lower blood sugar. The combination can result in hypoglycemia (low blood

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Monitoring Blood Sugar

The level of sugar in your blood is affected by: Your diet Your activity level The insulin in your body Stress Checking your blood sugar is very motivating. It gives you immediate feedback and lets you fine-tune your routine accordingly. It also lets your doctor adjust your treatment, if necessary. How Is Self (Or Home)

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Taking Insulin During Pregnancy

Women with type 1 diabetes will already be taking insulin. In women with type 2 or gestational diabetes, sometimes diet, exercise and regular monitoring fail to keep blood glucose levels in the target range. Generally, your doctor will recommend you start taking insulin injections if: Your blood sugar first thing in the morning (or “fasting”

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When The Baby Is Born

Labor is hard work. Although most women don’t need insulin injections once contractions start, you may be given fluids, calories, and, if necessary, insulin, through an intravenous tube inserted into your hand or arm. It’s important to maintain good control of your blood sugar levels up to the time you arrive at the hospital to

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Diabetes in Pregnancy: Glossary

Here are definitions of medical terms related to diabetes in pregnancy. Carbohydrate: A nutrient in food that comes mainly from sugar and starch. Carbohydrate is broken down into glucose for energy. Diabetes mellitus: A disorder that prevents the body from converting digested food into energy. Gestational diabetes: A form of diabetes that begins during pregnancy and usually disappears

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Diabetes in Pregnancy Additional Sources of Information

Here are some reliable sources that can provide more information on diabetes in pregnancy. Disorders of Carbohydrate Metabolism: Diabetes Mellitus  http://www.merck.com/pubs/mmanual/section2/chapter13/13a.htm Pregnancy Complicated by Disease: Diabetes Mellitus  http://www.merck.com/pubs/mmanual/section18/chapter251/251g.htm#A018-251-1070 Gestational Diabetes: What It Means for Me and My Baby  http://familydoctor.org/handouts/075.html Exercise: An Alternative Therapy for Gestational Diabetes  http://www.physsportsmed.com/issues/mar_96/artal.htm

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