Gestational Diabetes is a condition found in women, who are pregnant. This condition crops up mainly due to the high glucose levels found in blood, which occurs due to the various hormonal changes, during pregnancy.
This condition, i.e. an excess of sugar in the diet can hamper the baby’s condition by abnormally increasing its size, giving it breathing problems, from birth, and various other conditions. The best way to see to it that, these don’t occur one has to follow a strict, but easy, list of guidelines of dietary habits. Hopefully, this article will be able to shed some light over the remedy of this condition.
What You Should Not Do
The few thing that you should not eat, while in the delicate stage of Gestational Diabetes are anything that contains a large amount of carbohydrates (sugar).Carbohydrate is the main thing that hampers this situation, in a woman. So either you’ll have to control the amount of carbohydrate (which is mostly recommended), or take protein and fat at an equal amount, as that of carbohydrate. Totally bar yourself from the consumption of alcoholic drinks. It can worsen the situation of the baby to no limits.
Also limit the amount of caffeine, taken by you, to an amount of no more than 300mg per day; that includes tea, coffee, chocolates, etc. Do not try to limit your food intake, i.e. do not eat less. Eating less will make yours and your bay’s body lack in the essential elements like proteins, vitamins, etc. Consulting your doctor, about the weight gain during pregnancy is the best in this case.
What You Should Do
Keep A Note
While you’re pregnant, and have this condition of Gestational Diabetes, you should consult your doctor and eat the items suggested by him/her. Keeping a diary of what you’re eating daily and what after effects you’re getting from them, will help the doctor decide the next step of medication and see if the diet needs alteration.
Eat Small, Eat Often
This method of eating is asked to be followed by everyone, patients or not. Instead of having bigger meals with huge time gaps, one should have lesser amount of equally proportioned meals, in a shorter span of gapping. This method keeps the glucose level from fluctuating.
Keep A Track
If possible, buy a blood-glucose meter and keep checking the levels from time to time. You should keep a track of this along with your dietary habits, which will help the doctor remain updated.
To get all the necessary nutrients, proteins and vitamins, eat a variety of edibles. Ask, and confirm with, your doctor what you yearn to eat will do harm to you or not, and mix them with what he suggests.
Be sure to include in your diet at least one portion of the following nutrients: Vitamin C (grapefruits, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.), Vitamin A (carrots, spinach, apricots, etc.), Folic acid (green leafy vegetables, legumes, black eyed peas, etc.), etc. In addition to all these things, eat/drink at least 3-4 servings of food rich in calcium (at least 1200 mg of calcium in a day). Drink about 6-8 glasses of water everyday and perform light exercises, which are suggested by the doctors (for pregnant women).
Following this whole routine and doing almost exactly what it says will help to fight off the Gestational Diabetes. But whatever you do, consult your doctor first.