- “A pregnant woman is like a flowering tree, but take care when it comes time for the harvest”
“I have gestational diabetes, should I take care of my diet?” This is the questions asked among thousands of women all over the world. But the answer is likely “Yes, you’ve to”. Eating healthy and nutritious foods are the great way to stay healthy during pregnancy.
Blood sugar is one of your body's main sources of energy. Your body uses a hormone called insulin to control the amount of sugar in your blood and to turn it into energy to stay active and healthy. But pregnancy hormones reduce the secretion of insulin, so your body has to work more to use any sugar in your blood.
So if you’re suffering with gestational diabetes, choosing the right healthy food is especially important. The one and only way to prevent/manage/control gestational diabetes is by eating well and exercising regularly.
And also it's possible to keep your blood sugar levels under control by altering what you eat, and when to eat. In fact, up to 90% of women with gestational diabetes control their diabetes with healthy and nutritious diet.
Choosing foods with a low GI will help you to prevent & control your gestational diabetes. That's because low-GI foods take longer for your body to digest. Glucose is released more slowly into your bloodstream.
Some examples of food with a low GI:
o Pasta Made With Durum Wheat Flour
o Apples, Oranges, Pears, Peaches
o Beans and Lentils
o Sweet corn
Eat a good breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast can help control your blood sugar levels throughout the morning. Try to include foods that have a low-GI ratio. Porridge is a good choice because it releases energy slowly and evenly. Or you could choose wholegrain cereals and breads along with a small portion of a high-protein food such as low-fat yoghurt or boiled egg.
In-taking high GI foods such as sugar-coated cereals can quickly raise your blood sugar levels. So try to avoid high GI foods on your plate.
Eat high-fiber foods for Lunch
Eat plenty of high-fiber foods. These foods tend to have a low GI. This may help to keep your blood sugar levels from going too high after taking lunch. High-fiber foods include:
o fresh fruit and vegetables
o wholegrain breads and cereals
o dried peas, beans and pulses
Eat your five a day
Make sure you have at least five portions of fruits and vegetables each day:
o add fruit to your breakfast cereals or porridge
o add a salad to your lunchtime sandwich
o choose two vegetables with your main meal
o snack on fruit rather than biscuits or cakes
Cut down on sugary foods and drinks
Try to cut down sweets, carbonated drinks, fruit juice, and most desserts. These foods contain simple sugars that are easy for your body to absorb so that they can quickly raise your blood sugar. So try to avoid these foods.
Instead you can dilute fruit juices with water. You can also intake diabetic friendly natural tea with no added preservatives.
In order to ensure the good growth of the unborn child, pregnant women with diabetes have to try at their best. Incorporate this dietary plan in your daily meal schedule and keep yourself and your baby well."
*Disclaimer: The results may vary from person to person, depending on age, sex, body weight and a lot of other factors.*