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What a pregnant woman should know about diabetes

  • You might have diabetes before you are pregnant or you might get it during your pregnancy

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    It is important to be healthy before and during pregnancy, so that diabetes does not harm you or your baby.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Eat lots of healthy foods (like fruit, vegetables, lean meat and wholewheat bread). Do not eat too much junk food.

    Make sure you do some gentle exercise while you are pregnant.

    Ask the sister or doctor at the clinic for help.

  • Too much sugar in your blood can be harmful to you and your baby

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    Being overweight can cause this to happen. You can help prevent gestational diabetes by maintaining/having a healthy weight before you become pregnant.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Plan your pregnancy and visit your clinic regularly while you are pregnant.

  • Diabetes (sugar disease) causes high levels of sugar (glucose) to be in your blood

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    If you have diabetes when you are pregnant it might go away after you have your baby, but the diabetes might come back later in life. Therefore, it is important to get your blood sugar levels tested often.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    If you have diabetes, you will need to follow a healthy diet and receive treatment from the clinic to help you control your blood sugar levels.

  • You might not know that you have diabetes

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    It is very important to control your blood sugar levels before and during your pregnancy. This will help stop diabetes from harming you and your baby.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    The sister or doctor at your clinic can tell you how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

  • Being overweight or eating too much sugar or junk food can cause diabetes

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    Common symptoms of pregnancy are similar to symptoms associated to diabetes. When you are pregnant you may not realise that you have diabetes. You can be tested for diabetes at your clinic.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Your clinic might treat you with medicine called insulin. Insulin treatment can be administered either in the form of an injection or a pill. You can control your blood sugar levels by eating healthy food and taking your medication.

 

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