Your Gestational Diabetes Diet Plan

Gestational diabetes diet

Diet for gestational diabetes:

A healthy and balanced diet is essential during one’s pregnancy; gestational diabetes just makes a healthy diet all the more important. If you can eat the right food and exercise regularly you can control your Gestational Diabetes without medication.

Gestational Diabetes means your body is unable to produce adequate amounts of insulin as a result of which sugar levels can get very high causing complications for the baby.

You have to ensure that you don’t have sharp rises and falls in your blood sugar levels. A dietician could give you a special diet which could guide you on foods to eat, foods to avoid, amount you should be eating, frequency of meals, etc.

Foods to avoid for gestational diabetes:

  • Avoid added sugars as much as possible.
  • High GI foods you are better off avoiding are – baked potato, cornflakes, white rice and bread. You could also try and mix a high GI and a low GI food to ensure decreased rates of glucose release in the blood.

Tips on gestational diabetes diet:

If you have Gestational Diabetes :

  • Have food high in complex carbohydrates and low in saturated fat.
  • Have fruits, milk and yoghurt along with your meals as they will absorb simple sugar in the juices and dairy products slowly as the sugars are mixed with food elements like fibre and protein.

Foods with low Glycaemic Index (GI) are better suited to managing Gestational Diabetes. (Glycaemic Index is a measure of how quickly sugar is released into the blood stream after you eat it.) The body takes longer to digest low GI food and thus glucose is released slower in the bloodstream. Low GI foods are – apples, oranges, pears, peaches, beans, lentils, sweet corn and porridge.

Remember to keep all these in mind and try to follow these guidelines if you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.