High blood sugar during pregnancy is threat to baby's heart!
We tell you how to avoid gestational diabetes with ease
It has been a known fact that women suffering from diabetes pose a threat to the baby's heart. However, a new theory throws light on women who develop high blood sugar during preganncy.
According to a new study, pregnant women with high level of sugar in their blood pose a high risk to their babies in terms of congenital heart defects. During pregnancy, since a woman's body undergoes a plethora of metabolic changes, the foetus gets exposed to this increased blood sugar.
So, you are at a high risk for developing gestational diabetes:
- If you are overweight
- If you are a second time mum and your first born weighed more than 4kg
- If your first pregnancy was marred by gestational diabetes
- If you have tested sugar in your urine before or during pregnancy
- If you have a strong family history of diabetes
Tips on how to avoid gestational diabetes
- Consume healthy fats: Not all fats are bad. But the ones which are, should he consumed with a word of caution. According to another study, woman who were on an animal rich fat diet before pregnancy, are most likely to end up having high blood sugar levels.
- Watch your sugar intake: Juices are healthy but that extra glass might be adding to your sugar levels.
- Exercise appropriately: Being on your toes and active won't be a bad idea after all. This will take care of your and your baby's health.
- Try to maintain weight under control: That's the most important part of any pregnancy since most women try to cope up with it. A healthy lifestyle coupled with a balanced diet will help you take care of that.
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