What You Need to Know About Taking Medication for Gestational Diabetes

First I want to write a disclaimer.  I am in no way trying to scare anyone about taking medications. And I am not trying to tell you to stop taking medications.

It isn’t a big secret that there are side effects with taking any type of medication.  In the United States, all commercials and ads promoting prescription drugs are required to disclose all the potential risks and side effects.  And there are so many class action law suits publically announced.

And since I am reaching women WORLDWIDE.. I am learning that some countries have BANNED certain diabetes medications for pregnant women with GD.  Why there is a discrepancy with was is recommended from country to country is unclear to me.

The important point I want to make in this article is, it is very important to be an ACTIVE participant in your medical and health treatment plan. This is YOUR body. This is YOUR baby.  It is important to be informed of all your options as well as the possible risks with each option.  It is important to  be able to have open communication with your doctor and have a doctor who will be patient with you and RESPECT your concerns and questions.

Here are a few points to consider:

  1. Discuss with your doctor the pros and cons of working with a nutritionist FIRST to get your blood sugars under control before jumping right into medication.
  2. Ask your doctor about the side effects of the medication he/she is recommending.
  3. Do your own research online so that you are as informed as possible.
  4. Ask for a nutritionist RIGHT AWAY. The sooner you identify the changes you need to make with your diet, the better.
  5. Make sure your nutritionist looks at your unique situation and makes a plan for you. Many times women get a generic set of guidelines but everyone is different.  You do not have time to follow a generic set of food guidelines that may or may not work for you.
  6. Make sure you meet with the nutritionist on a WEEKLY BASIS… at least in the beginning so that you do not spend more than a week struggling.
  7. Even if you do need to be on medication, you will STILL need to improve your diet. Medication is not a magic bullet.

I am passionate about spreading the word to women around the world about natural ways to manage Gestational Diabetes.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Donna@DonnaRock.com