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If you get it while you are pregnant does it go after you have had the baby

Posted anonymously, 8th December 2016

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  • Gestational diabetes typically goes away after the baby is born.
    1) However, women who have had gestational diabetes have a 3-7 times increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 5-10 years,
    2) and their child from that pregnancy has increased risk for both obesity and type 2 diabetes.1
    The good news is that you can decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes after having had gestational diabetes.
    Choose 100% whole grain bread, cereal and crackers instead of more processed white and enriched products. Look for the word ‘whole’ in the first ingredient to be sure you’re choosing a food made from whole, less processed grains.
    Enjoy fresh fruit as a naturally sweet snack instead of candy, ice cream or cookies.
    Choose unsweetened frozen fruit or canned fruit packed in its own juice or water for desserts.
    Include larger portions of fresh, frozen or canned vegetables than potato, rice, noodles or other types of starchy foods.
    Choose skinless poultry and seafood more often than red meat. Bake, broil or grill instead of frying or deep-frying.
    Enjoy meatless meals a few times per week by replacing animal meats like chicken or hamburger with lentils, black beans, pinto beans or other types of legumes that contain more beneficial fiber and less harmful saturated fat.
    Avoid lunch meats and hot dogs and instead choose nut butter or less processed sliced turkey.
    Make plain water your primary beverage.
    Exercise can help promote weight loss, and it also helps your body utilize insulin effectively to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week for the best benefits.7 Even shorter amounts of exercise give you benefits, so avoid falling into the trap of thinking that if you don’t have 30 minutes to exercise, it’s not worth it. Some exercise is always better than no exercise! Endurance types of exercise like walking, dancing, swimming, and riding a bike as well as strength exercises like weight training or circuit training help reduce insulin resistance that plays a large role in type 2 diabetes.

    Start slowly and gradually build up exercise over time doing any type of activity that you enjoy and keeps you moving such as walking, an exercise class, or playing outside with your children.
    Make exercise part of your daily routine, such as taking a 10-minute walk during lunch or after dinner.
    Break exercise into smaller segments that you spread throughout the day, such as a 5 minute brisk walk on your way to work, 5 minute walk at lunch, and 20 minutes exercise while watching TV.
    Incorporate physical activity into your routine by parking further away and taking the stairs whenever possible.
    In addition to healthy eating habits and regular exercise, the National Institutes of Health also recommends that women with gestational diabetes:8

    See your physician to have your blood sugar levels tested 6-12 weeks after the baby is born. Women who have had gestational diabetes should have their blood sugar levels tested every 3 years since type 2 diabetes usually develops gradually without symptoms.
    Breastfeeding your child not only can help you lose weight, it also helps decrease your blood sugar levels.
    Talk to your doctor if you plan to become pregnant again in the future since you are at higher risk for developing gestational diabetes.
    Tell your child’s doctor if you had gestational diabetes.
    Keep up healthy habits for a lifetime to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

  • Thank you to all
    Of you have taken the time to answer my question about diebeties

  • Yep, it goes as soon as you give birth to your placenta, but you do have to test your sugars for 24 hours after birth just to check your levels have gone back to normal and then have to have regular type 2 check up to check that you haven’t/don’t get that

  • It usually goes after bub is born. Your Dr will no doubt keep an eye on things for you

  • Usually, but its also a great time to address any lifestyle changes that will help too.

  • It should go after bub is born. With mine they did a prick test 24 hrs after bub was born to check my levels had returned to normal and they had. I was told it usually disappears after the first 24-48 hours. Good luck

  • GDM is merely a risk factor for future diabetes. In most cases it goes away. But you will probably be at risk for future pregnancies too. Good luck!

  • Yes I had gestational diabetes with my daughter. It went away afterwards but I still get regularly checked as it makes you more susceptible to getting diabetes later on.

  • They will re test your blood glucose 6 weeks after delivery, gestational diabetes is a risk factor for developing type two diabetes but gestational diabetes is limited to pregnancy.

  • Thank you to all who posted an answer to my question.

  • I had gestational diabetes when I was having my second child and was told it would go after the birth – it did. However I was warned by my obstetrician that it was an indicator of developing Diabetes 2 when I got older and that it was never too soon to start looking after myself in view of this fact.
    This indicator quite often runs in families.
    I am now 68 years old and have been told I am pre-diabetic so I have upped my exercise and walk most days and swim when I can. I have also cut out all heavily manufactured packaged foods and eat fresh and home grown as much of the time as possible. I also try and do relaxation exercises or meditate as stress doesn’t help with this condition.
    I wish I had been a lot more mindful of what I put in my mouth when I was younger but life was so busy with family that I always put off looking after myself as much a I should. Now am am more careful and hoping I haven’t left it too late to stop from going to pre-diabetic to full blown diabetes.

  • I havent heard of anyone who has had GD after birth. Its usually a pregnancy thing. When i was pregnant and being tested for GD i did ask the OB and he said no. It goes away when the pregnancy ends.

  • Sadly, no you can’t get “rid of your gestational diabetes” while you are still pregnant. Once you have had your Bub it should subside. I had no issues once my Bub was born.

  • My sister in law had that with her pregnancies and was monitored by her doctor. Once she had the baby her health was back to normal . Just talk to your doctor with any concerns as they are the best people to help you .

  • Gestational Diabetes can and generally does go away after you have your baby. It happens more often than anyone realises and is quite scary if it happens to you. The only thing I really want to let you know is that it can be an indicator of Type 2 diabetes when you get older. But I never met one mum were it never went away after having their baby. I myself have Type 1 Diabetes, I met a lot of mum’s when I was having my children, who were in the same boat with the gestational type. Ask lots of questions about what it means, really educate yourself and hopefully this will be the only time you have to worry about it.

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