Second Trimester

Q&A: Treatments For Gestational Diabetes?

I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. What do I need to do now in order to stay as healthy as possible?

Treatment of gestational diabetes includes regular exercise and increased fluid intake. Diet is essential in handling this problem. Your doctor will probably recommend a six-meal, 2000- to 2500-calorie-per-day eating plan. You may also be referred to a dietitian. Research shows that women who receive dietary counseling, blood-sugar monitoring and insulin therapy (when needed) do better during pregnancy than women who receive routine care, and glyburide is as effective as insulin for women with gestational diabetes. Glyburide is used to treat type-2 diabetes and is an oral hypoglycemic agent. Many experts believe it is a good alternative to insulin in women with gestational diabetes.

From Your Pregnancy Week By Week, 6/e by Glade Curtis, M.D. and Judith Schuler, M.S. Reprinted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2007.
By Paula Kashtan