How Do I Deal With Gestational Diabetes? 3 Steps For The Mom To Be

Dealing With Gestational Diabetes Is A Mental And Physical Ordeal

You may have just learned that you have gestational diabetes and you are still somewhat overwhelmed about it.  I remember being overwhelmed myself, especially with all there is to learn about.  I want you to know that you are not along and you can make it through.

You are working for both you and your baby.  I tried to think about the baby when I was feeling frustrated about what I needed to do and how I was going to get it all done.

Step One Is Learning What It Means To You

Every woman who has gestational diabetes does not have the same experience.  You will not be like your friend who has a horror story to tell you about her pregnancy.  Your body will react in a way that makes sense for you.  You may or may not have to take shots or be on bedrest.  It all depends.

Step Two Is Starting Small

Gestational diabetes is a huge undertaking.  That is why a step by step approach is the best one to have.  You can start with learning what it means.  You can learn a great deal about the overall picture and what it means to you from just reading a couple of articles on wikipedia about gestational diabetes.  Then you will know what it can be and how you can work to manage it.

After all, it is manageable.  You will get through it, and I don’t care if you were diagnosed at week 8 or week 38, it matters to keep you blood sugar levels under control.

Step Three Is Understanding Your Body

You need to learn what carbohydrates are.  Carbohydrates are the parts of food that are made up of glucose molecules, and your label on the food products tell you how much carbohydrate is in one serving of a food.  Knowing how your body reacts to carbohydrate is important in your control.  Some women can eat a good amount of carbohydrate and not have the same high blood sugar that other women have.  Some women find that eating just a small amount of carbohydrate really increases their blood sugar levels and they have to be very careful about what they eat and how much.

So, understand your body is different from everyone else.  Understand that you will have a different experience than others, and not beating yourself up over it will keep you sane.  Don’t expect to be perfect, do your best and eat what you can with a balanced diet.  Check your blood sugars as often as the doctor tells you to, so you can get good feedback on how you are doing.  And take your medication as prescribed.

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Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu – The 3 Most Common Mistakes Women Make [Is This You?]

What Kind Of Mistakes Do We Make On A Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu?

A gestational diabetes diet menu helps you to plan what you need eat throughout the day to meet your calorie and protein needs.  By using a diet menu, you can rest assured that you have eaten the right amount of food to have a healthy baby yet, keep your diabetes under control.  This is a guide to some of the most common mistakes that women make when on a gestational diabetes diet.

Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu Mistake Number 1 – Not measuring your food and knowing the serving sizes for the food you eat.  Portion sizes can be confusing for you and packaging may contain several servings.  A good example of this the fact that 1 pint of ice cream usually equals 4 servings.

What to do instead: plan out what you want to eat throughout the day, and portion it out.  While this might take a little time at the beginning of the week, it is an excellent way to make sure you’re eating just what you need.  For example, my gestational diabetes meal plan contains patterns and meal listings for an entire day so you don’t have to spend so much time figuring out what to eat.

Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu Mistake # 2 – Not eating throughout the day and skipping meals.  Most women think that they need to limit their intake to make sure that their blood sugars don’t get too high.  Often they avoid foods that are really okay to eat if they knew the correct amount.

What to do instead: get a meal pattern for an entire day that shows the amount of calories and carbohydrates that you need.  This will allow you to plan your day and eat snacks and smaller meals.  It’s important that you eat enough calories to make sure your baby grows properly.  You also need to eat the right kinds of calories to control your blood sugar.

Gestational Diabetes Diet Menu Mistake # 3 – Not having a plan for the day.  You can end up eating too much carbohydrates or too little calories which affects your blood sugar and your baby.  If you take medication to control your diabetes, you need to be able to plan out your day to avoid high and low blood sugars.

What to do instead: use a meal pattern and planner for the day, like the kind that we provide as part of our gestational diabetes meal plan.  You should get something with a breakfast, lunch, snacks, and daily planner that is based on the number of calories that you need for the day during your pregnancy.

Fixing these 3 mistakes can be an important part of controlling your gestational diabetes.  As you work with your doctor or diabetes educator, be sure to understand how you should eat throughout the day to make the most of your pregnancy.

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