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.

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Snacks For Moms With Gestational Diabetes

Snacks For Moms With Gestational Diabetes

snacks for moms with gestational diabetesSnacking seems to be a prerequisite for being pregnant. It’s almost as if at any given time, you are either hungry or need to use the restroom. At some point, keeping an empty bladder and a full stomach seems to become a primary life motivation.

Eating healthy snacks is a goal that all soon to be mothers should strive for, but it is especially important for moms with gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that shows up during pregnancy only. High blood sugar can make for a more difficult pregnancy and can affect the health of both mother and baby.

Luckily, doctors have figured out how to treat gestational diabetes and it is no longer much of a threat. Some cases of gestational diabetes do require medication, but mostly what is needed is a healthy balanced diet and exercise.

The Importance of Snacking

Snacking is, of course, a part of a healthy balanced diet. Especially for moms with gestational diabetes, snacking is quite important. This is because snacks not only keep you full and energetic throughout the day, but they keep your blood sugar levels stable as well.

Being pregnant and having gestational diabetes does mean that there are some foods that you should stay away from. A lot of high carbohydrate foods, sugary snacks, and simple carbohydrates will land on the restricted list. While this might make snacking slightly less fun, there are still lots of delicious snacks to be had.

Rules For Snacking

Plan Ahead: A hungry pregnant woman is not a pretty sight. Save yourself the trouble and torment of locating a healthy snack by making sure you always have something with you. Prepare snacks ahead of time and have them ready to go, whether you stow them in your desk at work, your purse, or the fridge.

Balancing Act: A healthy balanced snack has a little bit of carbohydrate for energy and enough protein and fiber to fill you up and keep you fueled throughout the day.

Keep It Fresh: Fresh fruits and vegetables are pretty much always on the “yes” list. Not only are fresh fruits andgestational diabetes veggies super healthy, but they are super easy as well. We’ll call them nature’s fast foods.

Examples of Healthy Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

– Two tablespoons of hummus and as many baby carrots as you like. You can cut down on sodium by making your own hummus by simply adding a can of rinsed and drained chickpeas, some garlic, lemon juice, and a little olive oil into a food processor.

– A large apple, sliced, with two tablespoons of natural peanut butter. Always choose natural peanut butter, it tastes amazing and has a lot less sugar and other additives.

– A serving of whole wheat crackers with slices of cheese. To make this snack a little zestier, add a slice of green olive or pickled jalapeno.

With each of these snacks, there is a balance of carbohydrate to protein. This helps to level out blood glucose and keep it stable until your next meal. I hope these 10 snacks for moms with gestational diabetes help you.Let me know what other questions you have.

Gestational Diabetes and Infant Health

gestational diabetes and infant healthIt is a natural part of motherhood to worry about the health and well-being of your child. Even before your baby is born you are attuned to every movement your child makes inside of you. You feel every kick and every hiccup, and every day you do the best you can do to keep that baby happy and healthy, just as you will for the rest of his life after he is born.

If you are a mother dealing with gestational diabetes, you likely feel this worry at an even deeper level. It is a scary thought that your actions and the foods you eat could cause problems with the child you are carrying. The very idea of needing to take medications or give yourself shots is enough to make anyone concerned, even more so parents. The very first thing that most women think when they hear the diagnosis of gestational diabetes is “Will my baby be okay?”.
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Healthy Weight During Pregnancy With Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Weight During Pregnancy With Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Weight During Pregnancy With Gestational DiabetesWeight management during pregnancy might seem like an oxymoron, but weight management doesn’t just apply to weight loss. Weight management has as much to do with proper weight gain, especially during pregnancy, and maintaining a healthy weight overall than anything else.

Weight gain during pregnancy is very normal and actually healthy for your baby. There is a limit to how much weight you are supposed to gain, however. Especially if you have gestational diabetes, your doctor will likely pay more attention to how much weight you are gaining. Weight loss, however, is almost never a good sign when you are pregnant so your doctors will need to be made aware of that as well. [Read more…]

Healthy Exercise Tips For Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Exercise Tips For Gestational Diabetes

exercise with gestational diabetesYou are probably aware that being healthy is more than just eating the right foods and following up with your doctor. Especially if you have gestational diabetes, you definitely have to do those things, but there is more to it. You also need to get some exercise.

Exercising when you are pregnant, especially in the third trimester, can be tricky business. But you can maintain a healthier pregnancy overall, if you incorporate some exercise with gestational diabetes and any pregnancy.

Exercise during pregnancy is important, but it is perhaps even more important when you have gestational diabetes. This is because exercise allows your body to burn off excess glucose without the use of medications. This helps keep blood sugar levels stable so you and your baby are safe and healthy.

Here are some rules to follow for exercise in each trimester of pregnancy. Of course, you should talk to your doctor before changing your diet, taking any supplements, or starting a new exercise regimen.

First Trimester

Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, the first trimester is a great time to start a new exercise regimen. This is because you are not yet carrying a lot of extra baby weight and aerobic exercises are unlikely to hurt you or your baby. While you might be feeling a bit more tired than usual, many women do not yet even “notice” their pregnancy, and exercise can actually give you more energy.

Except in specific cases where your doctor says otherwise, there are not many restrictions as far as exercise in the first trimester, so you should be able to do just about anything.

Second Trimester

In the second trimester you might be finally starting to show, but you are likely past the morning sickness and fatigue of the first trimester. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, it is typically still safe to engage in higher impact exercises and activities.

Towards the end of the second trimester you might want to move towards lower impact exercises, but throughout the pregnancy just remember to listen to your body. If you are feeling faint, dizzy, nauseous, lower back pain or belly pain you should stop and take a break. A good rule of thumb is to watch your heart rate and stay 60% below your maximum heart rate.

Third Trimester

In the third trimester you are really starting to grow. Your balance might be thrown off by the extra weight of the baby, and you might experience more strain and fatigue when you exercise. Now is the time to start engaging in lower impact exercises.

Consider walking, light yoga, swimming, water aerobics, and self-resistance exercises such as wall push-ups. As usual, stop if you start to feel dizzy or faint or experience any pain. The second and third trimesters are not the time to push yourself too hard.

These tips and ideas should help you incorporate regular exercise into your routine. Getting regular exercise with gestational diabetes, is an important part of a healthy pregnancy.

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Planning A Baby Shower Cake With Gestational Diabetes

Planning A Baby Shower Cake With Gestational Diabetes

planning a baby shower cake with gestational diabetesThere are very few things more fun than a great baby shower. If the mother-to-be has gestational diabetes, you might need to make a few changes in the menu, but there is no reason you cannot still have a fantastic baby shower.

The baby shower cake might be something you are worrying about for a mother-to-be with gestational diabetes, but never fear, there are answers that could work perfectly for you.

 

Talk To The Mother-To-Be

If you are reading this article because you are planning a baby shower cake for a friend or family member who has gestational diabetes, the first thing you should do is talk to the mother-to-be. It is her party, after all, and she is the best person to give you an idea of what she wants or needs. [Read more…]

Tips for Dining Out with Gestational Diabetes

Tips for Dining Out with Gestational Diabetes

dining out with gestational diabetesDining out with gestational diabetes can sometimes loses its charm. The huge portions, rich sauces, and decadent desserts sometimes feel like they are just taunting you. However, whether it is a special night out, a gathering with friends, or one of those days where you’re just too tired to cook, everyone dines out once in a while.

Dining out can still be a fun experience, even with gestational diabetes. Your dietary restrictions are not so strict that they omit all of the best foods, and the healthier options honestly almost always taste better. Even so, dining out with gestational diabetes might seem like an overwhelming temptation, considering that you are eating not just for your own heath, but for baby’s health too. [Read more…]

How to Plan Gestational Diabetes Friendly Snacks

How to Plan Gestational Diabetes Friendly Snacks

Snacks are an important part of anyone’s healthy diet, but especially when you are eating for more than just yourself. Your gestational diabetes diet includes recommendations as well as restrictions on what you can and should not eat. Planning ahead helps you make the best decisions possible to keep your blood sugar levels balanced.

Know What to Eat

Simply knowing which foods are good options and which foods should be avoided is a major step up for making the best decisions possible. [Read more…]

Gestational Diabetes Meal Planning Basics

gestational diabetes meal basicsEating for two might seem stressful enough without the added pressure of eating a certain way due to gestational diabetes. Meal planning for a gestational diabetes diet really doesn’t have to be so difficult, however. There are some gestational diabetes meal basics that can help you make life and eating easier.

Easy enough, in fact, that these basics can be broken down into three main tips to make meal planning easier for you.

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Planning Foods For Your Baby Shower With Gestational Diabetes

Planning Foods For Your Baby Shower With Gestational Diabetes

baby shower with gestational diabetesBaby showers are a time for celebrating your impending arrival with your friends and family. No one wants to have to worry about what to eat and what not to eat. For soon to be mothers with gestational diabetes, this is a constant worry.

With gestational diabetes, what you eat can affect your blood sugar levels. This can be uncomfortable for you as well as potentially dangerous for both you and baby. So keeping track of your diet is of the utmost importance.

There are plenty of foods that you can eat without worrying so much, however, and these options make perfect foods for your special celebration.

 

Here are some guidelines for choosing foods for your baby shower:

Low Carbohydrate OptionsCarbohydrates are really just as important as your sugar intake, because they turn into sugar in your body. Choose low or no carbohydrate options wherever you can. When you do use carbohydrates, for example crackers, choose the whole wheat options.

No Sugar Added— When it comes to any sweet offerings for your party, choose naturally sweet and no sugar added options. Avoid anything with artificial sweeteners.

Keep It Fresh— Lots of fresh fruits and veggies are not only delicious, but they make a beautiful and impressive display for any get-together.

Gestational Diabetes Friendly Food Ideas For Your Baby Shower

Vegetable Platter— A big and delicious display of fresh vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and cherry tomatoes is an impressive and colorful addition to any party buffet. Offer some healthy and yummy dipping options such as hummus and fat free ranch dressing.

Fruit Basket— Alongside your impressive fresh veggie display, fix your sweet tooth with some snack-able fresh fruit. Make or buy a fruit platter, or check out Pinterest for some truly impressive fruit display options. You can even make a sweet baby carriage out of fruit for the perfect decorative touch.

Cucumber Bites— Use peeled and sliced cucumbers as a base for specialty salads for a refreshing finger food option. Simply scoop out a tiny bit off the middle of the cucumber slice and top with a scoop of chicken or tuna salad. Garnish with a tiny piece of parsley or green olive slice for decoration.

Mini Pizzas— Make tiny versions of pizzas by using whole wheat pita or English muffins as a base and adding sauce, cheese, and toppings.

Parfaits— Use small plastic or glass glasses to make fancy looking parfaits to serve to your guests. They couldn’t be easier to make for how fancy they look. Simply layer plain Greek yogurt, fruit, granola, and honey in the glasses. They are super simple to make, delicious, and healthy, and they also make an impressive display to your guests.

These options will all fill up an impressive looking buffet table as well as fill up your guests with delicious foods that will please anyone. Healthy can be fun and delicious too, and your baby shower is the perfect place to show it. With a little planning and creativity, your baby shower will be no problem at all, even with gestational diabetes.

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