Just 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…]