Is Meal Planning Realistic for Pregnancy?

Is Meal Planning Realistic for Pregnancy?

meal planning and gestational diabetesThe benefits of meal planning for virtually any diet are numerous. Meal planning is perhaps the number one way to stick to a healthy diet, and can make a healthier lifestyle significantly easier. Meal planning is a great way to manage a diabetic lifestyle in general, but is it realistic for pregnancy? Can you navigate the intricacies of pregnancy, such as food aversions, nausea, and cravings through meal planning?

The answer to this question comes in two parts. Yes, meal planning is still a realistic tool for managing gestational diabetes, but it may need to come with some level of flexibility. Navigating the intricacies of pregnancy, especially with gestational diabetes, will require both the structure of a well thought out plan as well as flexibility depending on your needs. [Read more…]

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.

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