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How To Reduce Blood Sugar In Pregnancy

High blood sugar during pregnancy is referred to as gestational diabetes. This condition affects 3 to 5 percent of American pregnant woman and is associated with hormonal changes that occur in the body during pregnancy, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Being overweight before pregnancy, a family history of diabetes, a history of large or stillborn babies, and being older than 25 years are risk factors for gestational diabetes. Blood sugar levels usually return to normal after giving birth, and proper management of gestational diabetes helps prevent complications in both mom and baby during the pregnancy. Video of the Day Develop a meal plan. With the guidance of your obstetrician or a registered dietitian, devise a diet that is specific to you and your pregnancy. Although general guidelines for reducing blood sugar in pregnancy are typically the same, your doctor will take into consideration your overall health, your age and any other health conditions you have. Limit your intake of sugary snacks, drinks and foods. Candy, soda, cookies, cake and other foods that contain a lot of simple sugar can rapidly increase blood sugar levels and make gestational diabetes worse. Eat three or Continue reading >>

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  1. janet327

    What kind of snack are you suppose to eat before bedtime? I also read somewhere that not everyone needs a snack before bedtime but how do you know if you do or not?

  2. cazimere

    I always have two tablespoons of peanut butter and a piece of hard candy (root beer barrels) before bed. Try some peanut butter or some other snack and see what your meter says in the morning.

  3. susanm9006

    I am not on insulin, so I rarely have a bedtime snack. I don't need the calories and usually my blood sugar is stable enough so that it is unlikely I will go low during the night. Others have found they have a better morning number if they snack before bedtime. So you need to figure out what works best for you. If you are trying to lose weight, I would try to do without one unless you usually go low during the night without it.

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