5 steps to prevent gestational diabetes before you get pregnant

From maintaining a healthy body weight, including fibre in your diet to regular exercise, here are a few steps to

Published on Sep 21, 2022 05:47 PM IST 6 Photos

"Before you get pregnant, you may be able to prevent gestational diabetes by losing weight if you're overweight and getting regular physical activity. Don't try to lose weight if you're already pregnant. You'll need to gain some weight—but not too quickly—for your baby to be healthy. Eating too much sugar when you're pregnant may increase your risk of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia and increases the risk of your baby becoming overweight later in life," writes nutritionist Karishma Shah in her recent Instagram post.(Freepik)

Maintain healthy body weight: Discuss with your doctors what a healthy weight is for you during your pregnancy. Shedding some pounds will also get you in better shape for the rigours of motherhood.(Photo by Alex McCarthy on Unsplash)

Get regular physical activity: If your condition allows it, this can help keep your glucose levels healthy. During pregnancy, walking and swimming are good choices. Others include bicycling, yoga and low-impact aerobics. Your doctor can tell you how much physical activity to aim for and how often. It depends upon your overall health.(Pixabay)


Have your blood sugar tested early: Ask your doctor about your blood sugar level to see if it is on target. Have your blood sugar tested as early as three months before you get pregnant to see if it is in a normal range.(Pexels)

Include fibre in your diet: Add fibre to each meal such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, whole grain crackers and cereals.(Unsplash)