Gestational Diabetes

What To Eat In Case Of Gestational Diabetes

Diet and gestational diabetes are inherently related. One treatment for gestational diabetes is meal plan i.e. eating a carefully planned diet. Other avenues include having plenty of exercise, maintaining a healthy pregnancy weight, monitoring glucose levels and, taking daily insulin injections, if necessary.

Your doctor or dietitian might ask you to change your food habits. You may be asked to avoid eating foods that contain a lot of simple sugar, such as cake, cookies, candy or ice cream. Instead, eat foods that contain natural sugars, like fruits. You could also be advised to take several small meals instead of one or two big meals. If you get hungry between meals, it is better to eat foods that are healthy for you, such as raisins, carrot sticks, or a piece of fruit. Other foods such as whole grain, pasta, breads, rice and fruit are good for you as well as your baby.

To help the blood sugar level to stay within a normal range (60 to 120 mg/dl), a dietitian's diet plan will include the following:

1) Stay away from foods high in sugar.

2) Have complex carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, grains, cereals, crackers, bread, potatoes, dried beans and peas on regular basis.

3) Eat fiber-rich foods such as whole grain cereals and breads, fruits and vegetables.

4) Saturated fats such as fatty meats, butter, bacon, cream and whole milk cheeses should be avoided.

5) Eat a protein and carbohydrate based snack before bedtime.

It's important that you may eat well-balanced meals. You may need to eat less at each meal, depending on how much weight you gain during your pregnancy. Your doctor or dietitian will explain all these to you.