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…]

Managing Food Aversions and Gestational Diabetes

Managing Food Aversions and Gestational Diabetes

food aversions and gestational diabetesIf there is one thing nearly every pregnant woman has dealt with, it is food aversions. When the slightest scent, taste, or even look of particular foods can send you running for the bathroom, cooking and eating become a whole other issue to contend with. To make matters more difficult, you now have to balance your food aversions and gestational diabetes. It is issues like this that make growing your little bundle of joy slightly less than joyful at times.

The good news is that there are some tips and techniques that can help you manage your food aversions and gestational diabetes. What works for one woman may not work for you, so be patient with yourself as you try and figure out what is going to help you through these difficult weeks of food aversions and morning sickness. [Read more…]

Egg Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

Egg Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

egg free dietPregnant women everywhere hear a lot about the importance of protein in their diets. This is because proteins act like building blocks for your entire body, and in pregnancy helps with your baby’s development. Women with gestational diabetes have even more reason to incorporate enough protein in their diets, as protein can help balance out and stabilize your blood sugar levels.

One of the most common sources of protein is eggs. Eggs have a whopping six grams of protein per small egg, and they are easily incorporated into almost any healthy meal. People that follow an egg free diet, rather due to preference, allergies, or any other reason, sometimes have a hard time knowing what to eat to boost their protein intake.

The good news is that you do not have to eat eggs to get plenty of protein. In fact, there are many healthy foods that are easily incorporated into your diet that actually have more protein than eggs. These foods make it easy to follow an egg free diet with gestational diabetes. [Read more…]

Dairy Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

Dairy Free Diets and Gestational Diabetes

dairy free dietThere are many different diets and approaches to treating gestational diabetes. The most common is to limit your intake of carbohydrates and focus on getting plenty of lean proteins. The problem is that sometimes, foods that you never thought of may have the potential to be high in carbohydrates.

Dairy products, for example, are one of these foods that have carbohydrates but are sometimes not counted because people do not realize that dairy products contain carbohydrates. What many people do not also realize is that dairy products contain sugar as well. The ingredient lactose is actually a type of sugar, and it can raise your blood sugar. [Read more…]

Best Meal Plan for Gestational Diabetes

Best Meal Plan for Gestational Diabetes

meal plan for gestational diabetesPregnancy is a long period of time when so much of your body and life become a guessing game of what to do, what to expect, and what is normal. Women living with gestational diabetes may feel this pressure a bit more as they have to spend more time considering their diet. Figuring out what to eat during pregnancy can be tough, especially if you are very nauseous.

Although gestational diabetes can absolutely be trying, it is not quite as difficult as it may seem to figure out the best meal plan for you. There are many factors that determine the best meal plan for gestational diabetes. If you keep these factors in mind, you should be better able to choose the very best foods for you and your growing baby. [Read more…]

Benefits Of A Meal Plan For Gestational Diabetes

Benefits Of A Meal Plan For Gestational Diabetes

meal plan for gestational diabetesOf all of the extra nuances of gestational diabetes, eating seems to be the most common worry for pregnant women. What, when, and how much to eat are a constant source of anxiety for many women with gestational diabetes. These worries could be easily solved with some simple meal planning.

Meal planning might sound a little boring, like it would take all of the excitement out of eating. Or it might sound too complicated. The fact is, though, that meal planning is one of the top ways to help control gestational diabetes.

 

There are many benefits of meal plans: [Read more…]

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…]

Vegetarian Gestational Diabetes Diet

Vegetarian Gestational Diabetes Diet

vegetarian gestational diabetes dietFor soon to be mothers with gestational diabetes, meal planning can be a chore. Especially for women who have other dietary restrictions or preferences, finding healthy and filling meals can seem impossible. With the right amount of forethought and planning, however, everyone can find delicious, filling, and healthy meals on a gestational diabetes diet.

Vegetarians are often cited as not getting enough protein, or for not having many tasty and filling options available to them. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Vegetarian women eating for two with gestational diabetes happen to be very lucky. A primarily plant based diet is perhaps the most recommended diet plan for gestational diabetes. [Read more…]

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

Having gestational diabetes (GDM) should not hinder couples from enjoying Valentine’s Day. Of course, chocolates and candies are already out of the picture, but those things do not comprise the whole of Valentine’s Day. The important thing here is to spend the day together, no matter what kind of activities you engage into. As a partner to a woman with gestational diabetes, moral and emotional support can go a long way in relieving stress caused by GDM. Here are some of the ways in which couples can enjoy each other’s company during the most romantic time of the year:

  1. Schedule a visit to the doctor together. Unlike other women with normal pregnancy, a woman with GDM would need extra prenatal visits to the doctor to monitor the baby and take care of you accordingly. Why not schedule a visit to the doctor with your partner on Valentine’s Day? This is a good way to promote bonding between couples, and also to involve the partner in the care of both the baby and soon-to-be mom. The woman will feel as if she is not alone in this phase of her life, and it would help her a great deal emotionally.
  2. Shop for cookbooks on gestational diabetes. For couples who love to cook, planning a meal together can be romantic. Do not make your partner feel alone by restricting her from eating foods with too much carbohydrates or simple sugars. Instead, try to plan your meals accordingly so that both of you enjoy delicious yet low sugar foods. Buying a cookbook exclusively catering to meals that are best for people with gestational diabetes is a good way to show your empathy towards your partner. And of course, don’t forget to cook these foods for her!  You can read more about our cookbook here – Gestational Diabetes Diet Meal Plan and Recipes: Your Guide To Controlling Blood Sugars & Weight Gain
  3. Learn about gestational diabetes. In order for you to be able to help your partner in coping with her condition, you also need to learn about what GDM is all about. You can schedule to attend a seminar about GDM so that you can learn about the different aspects of the condition. Another way is to buy books about GDM and read them together. Women with GDM can also share their feelings to their partners about the condition so that their partners will know how to act accordingly.
  4. Exercise together. Physical activity is also a part of GDM coping, since this can enhance the woman’s response to insulin, thus lowering her blood sugar levels. You can plan an exercise routine that both of you can do together, and then have the doctor approve it before executing it. A study made by the American Diabetes Association showed that women with GDM are more likely to stick to an exercise routine if they are being encouraged and supported by their partners.
  5. Do chores together. Traditionally speaking, women are supposed to do the household chores and responsibilities at home. But then, a woman with GDM easily gets fatigued because glucose is not readily converted into energy. What you can do is to help her in doing the chores at home so that she does not get tired easily. And for Valentine’s Day, why not volunteer to do the work altogether? Aside from helping her relieve her fatigue, you also make her feel like your queen. That, perhaps, is one of the most romantic gestures that you can do, far more romantic than chocolates and candies.  Trust me, she will really appreciate a night off from doing her regular “stuff”.

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Can I Breast Feed My Baby If I Had Gestational Diabetes?

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Breastfeeding is one of the most important things that a mom has to do after giving birth to her baby. Milk coming from the mother’s breasts is rich in nutrients that can help the baby grow strong during his or her first months of life. However, mothers suffering from gestational diabetes during pregnancy often wonder whether it is safe for them to breastfeed their babies or not. Even though gestational diabetes stops right after pregnancy, mothers often worry about the possibility of passing their condition to their newborn babies. Hence, one of the dilemmas that they have is whether to breastfeed or not.

I breastfed both my children – first I pumped because they were preemies, but later breastfed at home and pumped to keep the supply up.  It is a very important part of taking care of a newborn or preemie, and I encourage you to breastfeed.

To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed?

The answer to the aforementioned question is pretty simple. If you want your baby to grow healthy, then you should breastfeed your baby. If you don’t want to breastfeed your baby, using formula is also acceptable, as whatever formula your doctor recommends will contain healthy nutrients to help your baby grow. Breastfeeding is best, especially if your child has allergies or is delivered early, but you have the choice.

Having GDM is not a hindrance to breastfeeding. It will not have any impact on your ability to breastfeed your child. In fact, breastfeeding is highly encouraged, if not sorely needed, by the newborn. A baby borne of a mother with GDM is at risk of developing hypoglycemia or low blood sugar after birth because of the pancreas’ continuous production of insulin as conditioned inside the womb of the mother. Hence, early breastfeeding within 30 minutes to one hour after birth is needed to maintain the normal blood glucose levels in your baby’s body. Moreover, because of the nutrients that can be found in breast milk, you are actually lowering the risk of you baby’s incurring diabetes later on in life.

How Important is Breastfeeding?

It is often said that breastfeeding is best for babies up to two years of age. That is because breast milk contains many nutrients that can be beneficial to your baby not just for the time being but also later in his or her life. Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect your baby against illnesses during his or her first few months of life. This prevents the baby from getting colds, gastroenteritis, and infections, in which he or she is very prone to because of the immature immune system that the baby has right after birth.

Allergies like eczema and asthma are also prevented by breastfeeding. Contrary to popular belief, breast milk can also help reduce the risk of diabetes, leukemia, and other types of cancer later in life, regardless whether the mom had gestational diabetes or not.

Breastfeeding also has a couple of advantages for the mother. Constant breastfeeding can help you lose the weight that you gained during your pregnancy. In fact, continuing breastfeeding beyond six months is a great way to naturally control your weight. It also has long-term benefits, such as reducing your risk of developing cancer and osteoporosis. Hence, breastfeeding is not only good for the baby, but also for the mother.

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