Good Day! Did anyone catch the lunar eclipse last night?Unfortunately, we didn't stay up late enough to see it but we bet it was beautiful! So, it is tips Tuesday and just in time, an interesting study came out about gestational diabetes. According from the "Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality", one in sixteen women in the U.S. who give birth (over 250,000) have diabetes.
Diabetes is not only dangerous to the mom's health but it can be harmful to the baby's as well. Some of the effects of gestational and pre-existing diabetes include: an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, and low blood-sugar and jaundice in the infant. What to do if you are pregnant and are at risk for gestational diabetes? Unfortunately, there are no guarentees but according to the Mayo Clinic, the more healthy habits you adopt during pregnancy the better. Here are some tips to staying healthy while preggers:
* Eat healthy. Choose foods low in fat and calories. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains...Duh. However, no need to compromise taste when eating healthy. There are tons of delcious varieties of healthy foods available in supermarkets that offer organic foods like Whole Foods and Trader Joes so check them out!
* Get some phyical activity. Pickng up the remote and putting it down does not count. Aim for 30 minutes of activity a day. Feeling a little lazy? Go for a leisurely walk. Another slower paced option? Yoga or pilates- still a physical challange and great for your core muscles.
*Plan ahead. If you are planning on getting pregnant and you are overweight, losing weight before you are pregnant might help you have a healthier pregnancy.
*Maintain a healthy pregnancy weight and try to stay within what is considered the "desirable" weight for your weight and height.
Have a great day!
The Moody Mamas