November is National Diabetes Month, a time for the country to team together to bring attention to diabetes.
This year the focus is on promoting health after gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. If mothers developed gestational diabetes during a pregnancy, their children have an increased lifelong risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The majority of the time, gestational diabetes departs after the baby is born. Even if that is the case, these mothers have a greater chance of getting diabetes. In addition to this, your child from that pregnancy is at future risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.
It is shown that 50% of all women who had gestational diabetes will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.
Here are some things mothers can do if they’ve had gestational diabetes:
- Get tested for type 2 diabetes within 12 weeks after your baby is born. If that test is normal, follow up testing is necessary every 3 years.
- If you plan on becoming pregnant in the future, it’s important to discuss this with your doctor.
- Inform your child’s doctor if you had gestational diabetes while pregnant with this child.
- Develop and keep up healthy habits to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
We have created a variety of nutrition education materials to help support and educate proper nutrition during pregnancy. These materials align with the MyPlate plan to help you and your baby stay healthy and prevent gestational diabetes.
These resources work great for organizations, WIC Nutrition Programs and health care professionals to educate mothers on healthy nutrition during pregnancy.
To learn more visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/gestational.html