E8: "As if we are not worried enough when expecting... Understanding Gestational Diabetes" with Nutritionist and Lactation Counselor, Leslee Flannery
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This week on The Bizzimumzi Podcast Ashley is joined in conversation by Leslee Flannery, a nutritionist and lactation counsellor. Leslee talks about her 12-year-old and 4.5-year-old sons. She shares that she is the only female in their household. She had an easy, pleasant pregnancy and was never sick. She has worked with pregnant women for her entire career as a registered dietician. The first five years, she worked in a government-funded program called WIC in the US, providing women, infants, and children with nutrition education. Leslee was also diagnosed with gestational diabetes and also talks about how she navigates it with her health and the progression of pregnancy.

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In this show you will hear: 

  • How Leslee came to specialise in gestational diabetes. Leslee talks about how she felt that these women needed more support and the misinformation being spread needed to stop.
  • Challenges that women with gestational diabetes face with regard to their nutrition and blood sugar. She wanted to know and do more for these women after working with a gestational diabetic mom.
  • The testing process for gestational diabetes. It involves imbibing   drinks of various sugar levels, testing your blood sugar and other screenings.
  • Leslee gives advice on maintaining a healthy pregnancy once you're diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This involves balancing your carbohydrate, fat, fibre and protein intake, spacing out meals thoroughly and staying hydrated.
  • Tips to navigate through and handle life with gestational diabetes, including managing your diet and stress level.

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The Bizzimumzi Podcast is brought to you by coffee-infused host Ashley Verma. This show is created to share all the ups, downs and all arounds of being a mom, owning a successful business and truly managing being an un-single single mom, attempting to balance all aspects of family life! 

Each week Ashley will be joined by a fellow inspiring, thriving and surviving Bizzimumzi - who will share their own journey. This podcast is your weekly opportunity to take a deep breath as we try to navigate the wild world of parenting; think of this podcast as the safe space where we are not too hard on ourselves, we share our humility and relish in overcoming the inevitable failures that simply happen. This is a show for those Mom’s that are not trying to be shiny and filtered. This is a podcast for those who are unapologetically, at their best and worst, Bizzimumzi’s! 

Quote from Host: “I just found when I got to 25 to 30 weeks, my mental state shifted drastically. Minor things really got to me and then big things just kind of roll off my back.”

Key Takeaways:

  • There are many misconceptions about gestational diabetes and Leslee ensured that women with this condition got the required information and support.
  • Several practices, such as the test for gestational diabetes, can be flawed and need to be upgraded.

Resources

Leslee Flannery Twitter

Ashley Verma LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter

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