Gestational Diabetes is when the glucose level in blood gets high while one is pregnant. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born. But a pregnant woman who had gestational diabetes is at the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in her life. This does not cause harm a lot to the baby.
Gestational diabetes if left untreated can cause the baby to produce more insulin then gaining a lot of weight. This can sometimes result in a premature delivery.This leaves a pregnant woman to a greater dilemma what to eat and what not to eat. What is good for the baby might be bad for her glucose values and vice versa.
Following are some of the guidelines for the gestational diabetic diet.
– Do not skip meals. Rather take 5 meals at regular intervals.
– Eat the minimum amount of carbohydrates in the breakfast, as at this time insulin resistance is greatest in the body.
– Keep the amount of carbohydrates consistent in each meal.
–If suffering from morning sickness take 2 servings of crackers as the first thing in the morning before even getting down from the bed.
–Take frequently small meals the whole day and try to avoid foods rich in fats.
–Select foods that are high in their fiber content like pasta, rice, whole-grain bread, fruits and vegetables.
– Take foods that are low in sugar.
–Drink a minimum of 6 glasses of water.
– Take at least 4 servings of the dairy milk products.
– Take at least three servings of food rich in iron.
– Take at least one serving of food that contains vitamin C.
– Daily take at least one source of folic acid.
– Take at least one source of vitamin A every alternate day.
– Avoid alcohol, quit smoking during pregnancy.
–Limit caffeine take ..
– Do not try to loose weight during pregnancy.
By following the above mentioned guidelines pregnant women can very easily control not only their gestational diabetes but also morning sickness, fatigue and headaches.