Nutrition in Gestational Diabetes
A healthy diet is important for all women, but it’s especially important for women with gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It can go away (for most women) after the baby is born, but it can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes later in life.
A healthy diet can help you control your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of complications.
Here are some tips for eating healthy with gestational diabetes:
- Eat more fibre.
Fibre is found in whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits. It helps slow down the absorption of sugar in your blood, which can help keep your blood sugar levels under control.
- Eat more protein.
Protein is found in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, beans and peas. It can help you feel full and satisfied, and it doesn’t cause spikes in your blood sugar levels.
- Avoid empty calories.
Empty calories are found in foods that are high in sugar but low in nutrients, such as sweets, cakes, biscuits and sugary drinks. These foods can cause spikes in your blood sugar levels and should be avoided.
- Include healthy fats in your diet.
Healthy fats are found in olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados. They can help you feel full and satisfied, and they don’t cause spikes in your blood sugar levels.
- Get regular exercise.
Exercise can help you control your blood sugar levels and improve your overall health. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.
- Take a prenatal vitamin.
A prenatal vitamin can help ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients you need during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about which prenatal vitamin is right for you.
7. Drink plenty of water.
Drinking water can help you stay hydrated. Aim for 8-10 glasses of water per day.
- Avoid stress.
Stress may raise your blood sugar levels. Try to find ways to relax and manage your stress.
- Check your blood sugar levels regularly.
This will help you see how your diet and lifestyle are affecting your blood sugar levels.