Our expert says:
There are general articles on the DietDoc site about the management of diabetes which also apply to gestational diabetes. However because of your pregnancy and the fact that it is vital to control your blood sugar levels so that you baby is not harmed, I would urge you to consult a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment to ensure that you and your baby remain healthy throughout your pregnancy. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your gestational diabetes and pregnancy, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. Ask your doctor what type of exercise you are allowed to do and so some gentle exercise, e.g. going for gentle walks for about 30 min every day, BUT only if your doctor gives permission. Do NOT do any exercise if the dr advises against it.
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