Things to keep gestational diabetes under control

Eat healthy. Work with a dietitian or diabetes educator to plan meals and snacks that keep your blood sugar in a healthy range. You'll need to limit how many carbohydrates you eat and drink, because they can cause your blood sugar to spike. Avoid high-sugar foods such as soda and pastries.

Exercise. Get some physical activity every day to help manage blood sugar. Make your goal 30 minutes of moderate activity each day. For gentle exercise, try walking or swimming. Ask your doctor or midwife for advice.

Keep your medical appointments. Skipping check-ups could put your health and your baby's at risk. Your baby may need to be checked regularly in the doctor's office with ultrasounds or non-stress tests.

Take prescribed medication. You may need insulin or other medications to keep your blood sugar under control. Follow your doctor's or midwife’s recommendations. Make sure you understand how and when to use your medications.

Test your blood sugar. It can be a key way to watch your health. Your doctor or midwife may ask you to test your blood sugar several times a day.

Watch for signs of blood sugar changes. Make sure you know what to do when you notice them.