A-Z of pregnancy and nutrition: G is for…

What does G stand for in pregnancy? Here's our next instalment in our pregnancy A-Z series

When it comes to pregnancy and nutrition, what does the letter G stand for? We find out...

Make sure you catch-up on our pregnancy alphabet so far - A / B/ C / D/ E / F

Gastroenteritis: The immune system works hard during pregnancy leaving you more vulnerable to tummy bugs and gastroentestinal infections such as listeria and salmonella. Most gastroentestinal infections in pregnancy only require rehydration and foetal monitoring.

If you have a tummy upset it is important to remain well hydrated by constantly sipping diluted squash or water. If symptoms are severe or last longer than 24 hours speak to your GP or midwife.

Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes is diabetes during pregnancy, which affects 3-5% of women and occurs due to the additional demands of the growing baby. Dietary advice is to consume regular meals and snacks containing carbohydrates, as an evening snack. Careful monitoring of food intake, regular weighing and blood glucose and urinary ketone testing are required if you are considered at risk of developing it.

Ginger: Ginger is an alternative remedy for the relief of morning sickness, which has been shown to work in a number of studies.

Glucose screening: It is important that pregnant women with diabetes have their blood glucose monitored regularly to ensure optimal care for both themselves and the growing baby. Each time you visit your GP or midwife they will check your urine for sugar and may take a blood test as well.

You can also read our posts on what to pack in your hospital bag and advice from our midwife on pregnancy and birth.

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