Gestational Diabetes Diet
This food guide for Gestational Diabetes Diet is given to provide you with the basic information in the intermediate period till you have visited your physician.The foods mentioned on this website must not be tried on without prior consultation from your physician. The food mentioned here will help you begin lowering the blood glucose in your body; however, advice from your nutritional Expert is essential.
Gestational Diabetes Diet is all about changing the way you think about food. Eating healthy is all about making the changes in your present eating ways. It is a way by which you can devise your own tailor made action plan.
Let us first look at what is Gestational diabetes:
Gestational diabetes is known to be a condition where your body is found to be suffering from a condition of high levels of blood glucose, generally during pregnancy. It occurs due to hormonal changes that a woman has to suffer during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes results in high levels of a certain amount of hormones that is generated in the placenta; this is an organ that connects the fetus with an umbilical cord to the mother, through her uterus, it is also useful in transferring nutrients from the mother to the baby. Gestational diabetes occurs when the hormones that are made in the area of the placenta begins to interfere with the glucose management by insulin. This is generally referred to as ‘glucose resistance’. With the growth of the placenta during the course of pregnancy, the placenta begins to produce more and more hormones and thus increasing this condition of ‘Glucose Resistance’.
When you generally eat or drink, the food you consume is broken down in simple sugars, these sugars are called glucose. Glucose happens to provide you with energy and this energy is consumed b your body for its daily requirements. During Gestational Diabetes, the sugar cannot penetrate into your body’s cells to use the energy, thus causing the blood glucose to rise.
Here is the food pattern that you must follow:
1. Do not eat very heavy meals; eat smaller meals in a day. Eat some snacks throughout the day. Do not skip your meals.
2. Lessen the amount of carbohydrate intake, during each of your meals. In case of morning sickness have some crackers or cereals before getting out of bed.
3. Avoid fatty food, restrict the levels of high carbohydrate intake, try to minimalise your intake of carbohydrates.
4. While chooing your food, remember to have food that is rich in fiber; for example, whole-grain breads, pasta, cereals, fruits and vegetable.
5. Avoid sugar and fatty foods.
6. Drink 8-10 cups of water in the day. The more water you have the more you will have the chances of reducing your blood sugar level.
7. Have your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. This must be a must in your daily diet, or in the form of supplements, or both. You need to meet your nutritional necessities during your pregnancy. This will be beneficial for you as well as your child.
8. Have calcium rich food, like milk and yogurt. You need to have at least 1200 mg. of calcium throughout the day.
9. Have nuts and other dry fruits, have beverages that you think will add calcium to your body.
10. Eat the food that is rich in iron, you need your daily 30mg. of iron a day. Fish and eggs will be helpful, try to take as much leafy vegetables as you can.
11. Apart from this you also need to have your daily dose of Vitamin C, like oranges and grapes, sprouts etc.
Be sure to consult your Nutritional expert before following guidelines, and Gestational Diabetes is all about following your diet closely, so don’t forget to do that. DO NOT try to lose your weight during pregnancy, this shall have very bad effects on you and your child.