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After gestational diabetes

Healthy living after gestational diabetes

If you have had gestational diabetes you are at a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 
Healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent type 2 diabetes. Eating well, being active every day and being a healthy weight will help you feel great and help prevent type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease and stroke. AND importantly, it will help your whole family stay healthy.

Monitor your health regularly

It is important to work with your GP after your baby is born to monitor your health and blood glucose regularly.

  • After the baby is born

After your baby is born, your gestational diabetes usually disappears. A special blood test called the oral glucose tolerance test will check that your blood glucose is back to normal. It is advised to get it done around 6-8 weeks after you have your baby. Speak with your GP about having this test done

  • Every year

Just like a pap test, it is important to have check-ups after you have had gestational diabetes. Getting a regular simple blood test called HbA1c done each year that lets you know that you don’t have diabetes. If it does pick up diabetes then you will have caught it early and can work with your GP to manage it.

  • Register for a reminder

Australia has a National Gestational Diabetes Register so making sure you are on it means they will help remind you to get tested and also send you helpful information.

Make healthy food choices

Eat a variety of nutritious foods, such fruits, vegetables and legumes, wholegrain breads and cereals, fish, lean meats and chicken and low fat dairy products.
Limit saturated fat and foods that are fried or processed. Choose foods low in salt and sugar.  Limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink.

Be active everyday

Be active on most, preferably all, days every week for 30 – 60 minutes.
Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.

Have a healthy weight and waist

To achieve and maintain a healthy weight be active each day and choose nutritious foods that meet your energy needs.

To work our your healthy weight range using Body Mass Index check out the Better Health Channel BMI calculator.

Your waist circumference is an important measurement and shows you where you are carrying your weight. Weight carried around your stomach increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Aim for a waist measurement less than 80cms.

> More information

Diabetes Australia 
Life after Gestational Diabetes booklet 
Life – Helping you prevent diabetes, heart disease and stroke