Team on hand to help with Ges­ta­tional Di­a­betes in mums-to-be

Central and North Burnett Times - - GUARDIAN -

IWC of­fers free, bulk-billed Mid­wife ser­vices to mums-to-be in the North Bur­nett. It also has a Mul­tidis­ci­plinary Care Team based in North Bur­nett all year round, and of­fers monthly ses­sions in North Bur­nett with a Cre­den­tialled Di­a­betes Ed­u­ca­tor. All this helps IWC to help our mums-to-be in the area of Ges­ta­tional Di­a­betes. Ges­ta­tional Di­a­betes may be di­ag­nosed dur­ing preg­nancy if your body can­not cope with the ex­tra de­mand for in­sulin pro­duc­tion re­sult­ing in high blood glu­cose lev­els. It is a con­di­tion that can be man­aged by: mon­i­tor­ing blood glu­cose lev­els; hav­ing a healthy eat­ing pat­tern; and un­der­tak­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. IWC is here to as­sist, with our qual­i­fied team of health pro­fes­sion­als on the ground in North Bur­nett, and Spe­cial­ist and Al­lied Health sup­port pro­vided right here in our com­mu­ni­ties by Mid­wife Klare Craven-Hughes and Cre­den­tialled Di­a­betes Ed­u­ca­tor Janelle An­der­son. We also have an Ac­cred­ited Prac­tis­ing Di­eti­tian based at the IWC Health & Well­be­ing Cen­tre in Bund­aberg. who is here for ev­ery- one. Di­a­betes Aus­tralia says: “Ges­ta­tional di­a­betes can of­ten ini­tially be man­aged with healthy eat­ing and reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. How­ever, for some women with ges­ta­tional di­a­betes, in­sulin in­jec­tions will be nec­es­sary for the rest of the preg­nancy. Ap­prox­i­mately 10 - 20% of women will need in­sulin. How­ever, once the baby is born in­sulin is no longer needed. This is safe for both you and your baby “Af­ter the baby is born ges­ta­tional di­a­betes usu­ally dis­ap­pears. A spe­cial blood glu­cose (Oral Glu­cose Tol­er­ance Test) is per­formed six weeks af­ter de­liv­ery to en­sure that blood glu­cose lev­els have re­turned to nor­mal. How­ever, women who have had ges­ta­tional di­a­betes have an in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes later in life and should be tested for di­a­betes at least ev­ery 2 to 3 years. Guide for healthy eat­ing dur­ing preg­nancy* Women with ges­ta­tional di­a­betes are en­cour­aged to: Eat small amounts of­ten and main­tain a healthy weight In­clude some car­bo­hy­drates in ev­ery meal and snack. This can in­cludes multi­grain bread, bul­gur, pasta, potato, len­tils, chick­peas, beans, etc. Choose foods that are var­ied and en­joy­able that pro­vide the nu­tri­ents par­tic­u­larly needed dur­ing preg­nancy. Th­ese in­clude cal­cium (such as milk and cheese), iron (such as red meat, chicken and fish) and folic acid (such as dark green leafy veg­eta­bles Try to keep fat con­tent as low as pos­si­ble, par­tic­u­larly sat­u­rated fats. Try to use oils such as canola, olive for cook­ing, and eat lean meats such as skin­less chicken. Have a diet that is high in fi­bre. Avoid a lot of sugar. Use Bas­mati rice, which has a lower gly­caemic in­dex (GI) that will help you to stay fuller for longer. See a Di­eti­tian who can pro­vide ex­pert ad­vice. *Source Di­a­betes Aus­tralia

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