The most important part of managing gestational diabetes is to discuss a healthy support plan with your care provider. In...
The most important part of managing gestational diabetes is to discuss a healthy support plan with your care provider. In fact, one of the best ways to have a healthy pregnancy overall is to make sure you keep regular prenatal appointments with your chosen care provider. When you go to your appointments your provider can identify issues and provide support before a small problem becomes a major health issue. Research shows that women with gestational diabetes benefit most from a team treatment method. What this means to you is that you'll have one primary health care provider such as a nurse-midwife, family physician, or obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN). Your primary care provider will hopefully help you line up an awesome team that will provide support. If not, ask your care provider for some referrals. Who might be some of your team players?
- A maternal-fetal medicine specialist who cares for women during pregnancy, birth, and delivery or a doctor who specializes in high-risk pregnancy.
- A register dietitian who can help you plan a healthy diet.
- A diabetes specialist; this provider has in-depth training about diabetes.
- A diabetes educator who can provide you with all kinds of helpful tips for dealing with gestational diabetes. This information might come in the form of conversations, referral to support groups, booklets, magazines, and videos. A nurse-educator or registered nurse can fill this education role very well.
- You also may be interested at looking into holistic care. Holistic care deals with the entire body, focusing on mind, body, and spirit. Holistic care in the case of gestational diabetes is usually used in conjunction with western medicine, rather than exclusively. You can try yoga or acupressure. There are so many great holistic treatments available; start here to lean more.