Healthy Sweet Treats for Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Sweet Treats for Gestational Diabetes

sweet treats for gestational diabetesJust because you have gestational diabetes does not mean that cravings do not apply to you. Like all pregnant women, you likely have some odd food cravings. You might even have a sweet tooth on occasion. Gestational diabetes does mean that you have to watch what you eat to keep your blood glucose levels in check for the safety of your own health as well as the health of your unborn child. So knowing what sweet treats for gestational diabetes are safe could be a real asset.

Sure, there are plenty of sugar free candies, snacks, and desserts, but they are not recommended for women with gestational diabetes. Sugar free foods typically have sugar alcohols which can still raise your blood sugar. They also can have a laxative affect on many people, not to mention that many sugar free foods contain ingredients that could be harmful to baby. In small doses, it is okay to occasionally indulge in a little bit of sugar free sweets, but there are way more satisfying and healthy sweets for you to eat. [Read more…]

Meal Ideas For Gestational Diabetes Patients

Meal Ideas For Gestational Diabetes Patients

meal ideas for gestational diabetesWomen with gestational diabetes often have to put a bit more thought into their everyday meals and snacks. This is because every bite of food affects their blood sugar levels, and ultimately the health of their unborn baby. This alone can cause many women a lot of stress when it comes to finding healthy meal ideas that fit into a gestational diabetes diet.

If you have gestational diabetes, try not to worry so much. Yes, it is important to closely monitor your diet and blood sugar levels, but you do not have to stress so much. It is actually fairly easy to find delicious and healthy meal ideas that are good for gestational diabetes patients.

Here are just a few meal ideas for gestational diabetes patients: [Read more…]

Creating A Meal Plan For Gestational Diabetes

Creating A Meal Plan For Gestational Diabetes

Meal Plan For Gestational DiabetesOne of the most important parts of your pregnancy with gestational diabetes is eating. What you eat, how much of it you eat, and when you eat are constant matters of great importance because regulating your blood sugar is an integral part of your healthy pregnancy. You, of course, understand the importance of this, but that doesn’t make it any less troublesome to keep up with it all.

 

Preparing, planning, and eating with gestational diabetes might seem a daunting task now, but it can get easier. You simply need to create a meal plan for gestational diabetes. The first time or two it might take a little extra thought, but soon enough you’ll be eating healthy for two without worry. [Read more…]

Gestational Diabetes: Fear is Not the Answer

Gestational Diabetes: Fear is Not the Answer

worry about gestational diabetesGestational diabetes, which is a marked increase in blood glucose levels during pregnancy, is an understandably scary situation. A lot of women tend to panic when even thinking about the possibility of gestational diabetes. Although it is understandable that you might worry about gestational diabetes, and any steps in the process of being diagnosed, fear is truly not the answer.

Testing

The testing process for gestational diabetes is rather simple, although a lot of women dread the oral glucose tolerance test. [Read more…]

The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational Diabetes

The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational Diabetes

The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational Diabetes

The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational DiabetesThere is a reason breakfast is said to be the most important part of the day. Many reasons, actually. Yet still a large number of people skip this vital daily meal. If you are skipping breakfast, you are missing out on a myriad of benefits that include mood boosting, energy, and more. It is very important for gestational diabetes to eat small meals throughout the day to maintain consistent blood sugar levels.

So let’s explore a few of the many reasons why breakfast is so important:

Starting Your Day Right

To function properly during the day, putting together a morning routine including a balance breakfast can help you start of on the right foot. Taking an extra few minutes each morning to sit down and eat breakfast gives you time to reflect on the tasks of the day and will help you remember things you might have otherwise forgotten. Breakfast time is also a great chance to have a little bit of happy family time before you all get wrapped up in work, school, and the stresses of the day.

Mood Boost

Starting your day with a healthy breakfast will have a great impact on your mood. People tend to get grouchy when they haven’t eaten. When your blood sugar is low and your body is craving sustenance, it is going to tell you something is wrong in the form of irritability. Skipping breakfast is a fast track to mood swings and surly behavior, add to that the normal stresses of everyday life and you are basically handing yourself a bad day. Give yourself a hand up and make sure to eat breakfast to give yourself a mood boost for the day.

 

Energize

 

Eating a healthy, balanced meal in the morning will vastly improve the amount of energy you have throughout the day. If you skip breakfast, you are heading out with an already empty tank.  Typically, breakfast is your first chance to eat the eight or more hours that have passed since your evening meal. If you are skipping breakfast, you are sending your body into pre-starvation mode and causing it to slow down and conserve whatever energy is remaining. By taking a few minutes out of your morning routine to eat, you are giving yourself an energy boost that will help keep you sustained until your next meal.

 

Weight Management

 

Eating a healthy, balanced breakfast is one of the number one recommended clues to weight loss and management. A good breakfast kick starts your metabolism, helping you feel fuller and more energized throughout the day. If you aren’t starting your day already empty and hungry, you are less likely to make poor choices when it comes to snacking and exercise.

 

Food For Thought

 

Starting your day with a good breakfast also helps with brain function during the day. With your metabolism in check and body functioning properly and happily, you are likely to have better focus throughout the day. A good breakfast will improve your memory and concentration. Not only that, but the healthier your breakfast, the better your concentration will be.
By eating a healthy, balanced meal in the morning you are helping your mind and body get off to a good start. You are giving yourself a boost that will allow you to fuel you through the rest of your day. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day.

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The Importance of Breakfast in Gestational Diabetes

 

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What Are The Blood Sugar Levels For The OGTT?

What Are The Blood Sugar Levels For The OGTT?

How Does The Doctor Diagnose Gestational Diabetes?

OGTTMonitoring one’s blood sugar levels in gestational diabetes (GDM) is essential. To be able to diagnose gestational diabetes in a pregnant woman, it is not enough to only rely on the physical manifestations, such as blurring of vision, increased thirst, increased appetite, and increased urination. The woman also has to undergo glucose screening tests in order to prove that she is really suffering from gestational diabetes. One of the tests that are being done on women to finalize their diagnosis of gestational diabetes is the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).

What is OGTT?

OGTT determines the amount of sugar or glucose present in the blood at a given time. In this test, the woman has to fast for at least eight hours before the test. A blood sample will be taken to measure the woman’s normal fasting blood glucose level. Afterwards, she will be asked to drink a liquid with around 75 grams of glucose in it. 30 minutes after finishing the solution, her blood sample will be taken once again. Three more blood extractions will be done every hour for the succeeding three hours, hence the test will last for approximately 3 hours. The values derived from the OGTT will determine whether a pregnant woman has gestational diabetes or not.

Normal and abnormal values

As a general rule, the normal value of the fasting blood sugar should be between 60-100 mg/dl. Anything higher than that is a candidate for gestational diabetes. The 1-hour sample should yield less than 180 mg/dl in order to be considered normal. As for the 2-hour sample, abnormal values are 155 mg/dl and above. For the sample for the third hour, 140 mg/dl and higher are already considered diabetic.

If only one of the readings is abnormal, this does not automatically mean that the woman is already diabetic. Another OGTT might be needed later on in the pregnancy. The doctor might also advise her to make some modifications in her diet and physical activities.

However, if two or more readings are interpreted as abnormal, they are already conclusive enough to be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

Factors affecting OGTT

There are several things that might yield false results in the OGTT. Some of these are:

  • Medications, such as phenytoin, and corticosteroids. You should consult your doctor first before having an OGTT while taking the aforementioned drugs.
  • Acute stress
  • Heavy exercise

What should I do if I am diagnosed with GDM?

The important thing in GDM is to control the blood sugar level and keep it within the normal limits so as to prevent any complications from arising. This can be achieved through proper diet and exercise. Diet should include moderate fats and proteins, complex carbohydrates, and less sugar. Exercise is also important to use up excess glucose during pregnancy. It is also essential to visit the health care provider to monitor not only the condition of the mother, but also of the baby.

Take a moment and check out my book on gestational diabetes, and if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes you can get more great information and meal plans for your condition.

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Gestational Diabetes – How Often Should I Check My Blood Sugars?

Gestational Diabetes – How Often Should I Check My Blood Sugars?

fingerstick diabetesYou know you have to check them, right?  I read a Facebook post yesterday where a woman wrote that she was afraid to check them.

Let’s think about that, shall we?  I mean, I am afraid of a lot of things.  Data is not one of them.  And, that is what you are gathering.

It might feel like a judgement against you, especially if you have not been following a healthy gestational diabetes meal plan.  If you have been snacking too much, or eating too big of portions.  But the damage is already done and you are already making it worse by ignoring it.  Sticking your head in the sand doesn’t make it any better.  Face up to it.

Ok, now that I have that off my chest, I want to talk about how often to check your blood sugars.

First of all, make sure you know what your doctor or dietitian wants you to do.  Best practice in the beginning when you are still learning – and if you have to take insulin – is 4 times a day.

When you wake up

One hour after you start eating breakfast

One hour after you start eating lunch

One hour after you start eating supper

*Any time you feel “funny” or different.

You need to check your blood sugar at least once a day after you are past the early stages and are well balanced.  If your doctor wants more – do it.  If you end up checking it once per day, vary the time that you check it so you get a good idea of where it’s at throughout the day.  Our bodies handle sugar and insulin different depending on a lot of things.  Best that you understand your body, because it’s different than other pregnant and gestational diabetic women.

In the morning, you may have what is called a “dawn phenomenon“.

Basically,it’s that your blood sugar is higher than normal because your body (in the middle of the night) gets a little low on blood sugar so it reacts by making more blood sugar.  Add that to the fact that you may be low on insulin, and it’s going to be a little elevated.  Many women counter this by eating a little larger evening snack and making sure it has a combination of protein and carbohydrate.  That way it takes longer to digest, and gives your body carbohydrate throughout the night.  It’s not a good idea to counter the higher blood sugars by skipping a bedtime snack.

Most women are taught to measure their blood sugars about one hour after they start eating, also known as “post prandial”.  This is the time when your blood sugar is likely to have peaked and should be below 140 mg/dl.  If it’s higher than that, look at the meal and see where the carbohydrate is lurking.  Earlier this week I wrote about a gestational diabetes meal plan for a week, and I know it’s hard to understand that a lot of foods have carbohydrate in them.

Ask your doctor how you should treat your blood sugar numbers – the answer may be that it depends…  Either way, you have to check them.  Not checking them is putting your baby at higher risk, and you as well.  It’s just information that you can use to make a decision about how to treat your blood sugar levels.  That’s it, that’s all, and you need to track them throughout the day.

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