Hungry for Two with Gestational Diabetes

Hungry for Two with Gestational Diabetes

Hungry for Two with Gestational Diabetes According to doctors and obstetricians everywhere, “eating for two” is a myth. While pregnant women are usually allowed extra caloric intake per day, it is actually just 150 to 300 calories a day extra, depending on the woman. When you really think about it, that isn’t a whole lot of extra food. That’s maybe a yogurt cup and a cheese stick, a few extra crackers if you’re careful.

While “eating for two” might not be an actual thing, being hungry for two certainly is. Women everywhere, that have been or currently are pregnant, can attest to this fact. Pregnancy is different for every woman, so some women experience major hunger the whole way through their pregnancies, others just for a few weeks in the middle, others for the entire third trimester. After all, you are growing a human being from scratch, which takes a lot of energy, not to mention how fast that little one is growing.

Pretty much every pregnant woman is given an idea of how much weight she should gain. For some, this can be up to 25 lbs. with room for a little more. Others are given strict guidelines to only gain a small amount of weight, or none at all. During a gestational diabetes pregnancy, your weight and food intake are closely monitored. This means that, in the interest of your health and that of your unborn child, you have to keep tabs on how much and what you eat.

Maintaining a healthy gestational diabetes friendly diet can feel difficult when you are experiencing the “hungry for two” phenomenon. You understand, however, how important it is to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding your diet and lifestyle. There are some things you can do to combat the hunger pangs and remain within your diet’s perimeters.

Fill Up On Fiber

Healthy dietary fiber will help you in two ways. First of all, it will fill you up and keep you full longer. Secondly, dietary fiber helps you to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Lots of delicious foods are great sources of dietary fiber. Some examples of fiber rich foods that would make great additions to your gestational diabetes diet are: black beans, lentils, avocado, peas, oatmeal, bran, and fruits such as pears, blackberries and raspberries, and apples. All of these foods, and many more, are easily incorporated into any diet.

Balance Your Carbs

If you have gestational diabetes, you have likely been cautioned about watching your carbohydrate intake, because carbohydrates turn into sugar in your body. The best thing for you to do is to consume only or mostly complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat based carbs, beans, and vegetables rather than white flour based baked goods and pasta. Also, always balance your carbohydrates with plenty of protein. So if you do eat crackers, balance those with some fat free cheese or natural, unsweetened nut butter.

These tips will help you combat the sometimes excessive hunger than you may experience during your pregnancy. Following these guidelines, you can stay within your healthy dietary needs as a gestational diabetes patient, while getting plenty to eat. So now you can do “eating for two” the right way. Click here for a meal plan.