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HELP ME GROW: Gestational Diabetes

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Take care of your body before and during pregnancy. The right diet and enough physical activity are important steps to take for yourself and your baby. During pregnancy, some women develop gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes can develop even if you did not have diabetes before pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes can still deliver a healthy, happy baby.  It is important for you to go to your prenatal checkups to make sure that happens.

With help from your doctor, you can avoid gestational diabetes symptoms of large birth weight, high blood pressure, or low blood sugar. Although there is no one way to prevent gestational diabetes, changes to a daily routine can lower the risk.

  1. Eat healthy foods – Add color to your plate to get the nutrient you need for a healthy pregnancy. Find simple recipes
  2. Exercise regularly Physical activity is good for your health! Try brisk walking throughout the day.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight – Women should only gain between 25 and 35 pounds while pregnant.

Recently pregnant and are not sure where to start? Dial 2-1-1 Help Me Grow to find resources that supports you and your baby’s needs and for information to help you with a healthy pregnancy.

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