The Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) will show whether your ability to process sugar has returned to normal (you should have the first one six weeks after delivery). Type 2 diabetes symptoms can be ‘silent’, so you should take screening tests every 2-3 years, before another pregnancy, or if you’re feeling unwell.
This isn’t about achieving the perfect body, it’s about eating well and building physical activity into your life on a regular basis. Implementing a healthy lifestyle now is important so you can be at your best to look after your child. Consult your GP or a dietitian for guidance.
After giving birth try to make healthy food choices. Try to limit saturated fats, choose lean and skinless meats, and low fat dairy foods. Limit processed and fried foods, eat plenty of vegetables, legumes, fruits, wholegrain breads and cereals. If you are not sure what diet will work best for you, speak to your GP or a dietitian for guidance.
We could all benefit from being more active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (e.g. a brisk walk or light jog) on most days of the week. You should discuss your physical activity plans with your GP.
How to lower your risk. Read more
Exercise is a powerful and affordable tool. Read more