It is awful that a condition like Gestational diabetes has affected you, but the condition itself is not that uncommon. This condition appears in many expecting mothers, and if not taken care of at the earliest, it may go on and latch with the child, and do even more harm.
The only way to control Gestational diabetes (or rather any diabetes) is to reduce the amount of sugar inside your body. The first thing to do, to achieve this goal is to make a change in your diet. We will provide you with all the necessary help, you will need to overcome this particular situation and emerge, a happy and healthy mother.
A few things which will be helpful to you, in this condition are provided. If you have been affected with this condition, or are seeing somebody with this condition, know this that support and help from others will greatly help the situation. If your family, friends are nearby, ask for help. Do not shy out; instead let them know often that you are thankful for the constant support and help. Talk to your dietician and find out the appropriate timing for your meals. Being pregnant, it might play with your hormones and thus hinder a lot of things. Keep in record what, and when, you have as meal, and bring the same to your dietician/doctor, every time you visit him/her. Also keep a constant record of your sugar levels.
All about Diet
Here’s a list of all the foods that you should eat, and in the proper servings. Follow these, but it is also advised that you consult your doctor and dietician first, as no two woman’s body structure, and need, is same. Thus, the servings may differ accordingly. Animal proteins (meats, etc.) should not be eaten more than 2-3 servings on a daily basis. Milk and milk products (cheese, milk, etc.) should be taken around 4 servings per day. Vegetables should also be eaten at about 4 servings per day. Fruits (fresh fruits) should be eaten 4 servings daily. Fruits are extremely essential for an expecting mother. Starched foods such as, grains, beans, etc. should be eaten of an amount of more than six servings, per day.
It is advised that you do not take in much of fat rich foods. Deter from having over-cooked, processed, junk foods. Also keep far away from carbonated bottled beverages, and canned foods; all these have artificial elements and sweeteners. Though it is not advised, you may have small amounts of fats or sweets and alcohol; but the amount should be very little. Control and calculate the total calorie intake, through your diet.
Keep a track, and a record, on your blood sugar levels every time you check. You must have it checked, every week. If you do not know the blood sugar level which is considered healthy, we would be glad to inform you. Before you take any meal, the blood sugar level can be anywhere between 90 and 130. It is normal. And about one or a couple of hours after the meal, it should be at least less than 180.