Gestational Diabetes Diet Plan

Gestational diabetes is due to high blood glucose leels that remain high during pregnancy.  Both the fetus and mother can be adersely affected by it. If not controlled it can lead to seeral health complications such as pregnancy induced hypertension, premature birth, large fetus size, congenital abnormalities, obesity and diabetes in the infant and seeral other birth complications.

To control Gestational diabetes a routine check up and a diet plan can help reduce  its negatie impact on the mother and the child.  Although the diabetes goes away after pregnancy, but it can emerge later both in the mother and the child. What kind of diet should the mother take?

Tips for Gestational Diet Plan

  • One should eat the right amount of carbohydrates and nutrients.  A dietician can help out on this front. Three small to medium-sized meals plus two to four snacks consisting of carbohydrates should be taken oer a period of time. One can eat a snack in the eening to aoid low blood sugar during the night. Eating the same amount of carbohydrate during meals and snacks oer a period of time can help one keep a check on one’ss blood sugar leels
  • In the case of some women, consuming carbohydrates during breakfast can increase the blood sugar leels. It is better if they hae fewer serings of carbohydrate at breakfast than at other meals. They can hae protein such as eggs, meat, turkey, or chicken at breakfast in case they are hungry
  • Sweets should be limited. Regular soft drinks, sweetened drinks, desserts and candy are high in carbohydrate and low in nutrients and it is better to aoid them
  • Starchy foods such as breads, pasta, potatoes, rice, and other grains should not be taken
  • Foods and beerages with added sugar, corn syrup, honey, molasses, or maple syrup, or jams and jellies should also not be taken
  • High fiber foods should be taken like whole grain bread, fresh fruits and egetables, cooked dried beans and bran cereals
  • Do not skip a meal. Eat all the meals and 1 to 2 snacks per day
  • Along with diet one should exercise also
  • Have regular appointments with your dietician

Diet plays an important role in controlling gestational diabetes.  A pregnant woman can reduce its impact on herself and on her would- be- born child by regulating her dietary habits. By this she ensures that there is less risk of diabetes emerging later in the case of her child as well as her.