Gestational Diabetes Diet, what’s different?

By | 11/06/2013

Gestational Diabetes is a condition that starts during pregnancy, most commonly in the third trimester, in women that have previously not been afflicted with blood sugar issues.  That said pregnancy has a special set of dietary concerns, as does diabetes.  How do you reconcile the two?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) it’s not really different from a standard diabetic diet.  Low to moderate carbohydrates, sparse use of sweets and sugars, low to mid fiat, high protein.  Some doctors and nutritionists suggest even lower amounts of carbs. Easier said than done during pregnancy, but this is a matter of health for both mom and baby.

Just as with a standard diabetic diet, moderation and frequency are very important, the idea of course being to keep blood sugar levels stable.

  • Eat breakfast- The best way to even out blood sugar levels after the nightly fasting period
  • Limit Milk Consumption – Milk has lactose, which is a sugar, and should be enjoyed sparingly.
  • Nuts- 3 snacks per day help even out blood sugar and energy levels, nuts are high in omega-3’s and low in carbohydrates.
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