Diet Tips for Diabetes in Pregnancy. A lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood is Diabetes. There are two major types of diabetes. For each type the causes and risk factors are different:
Type 2 diabetes makes up most diabetes cases. It most often occurs in adulthood. However, because of high obesity rates, teens and young adults are now being diagnosed with it. Many people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have it.
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes.
Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans. Over 40 million Americans have pre-diabetes (which often comes before type 2 diabetes).
General Tips for Diabetes in Pregnancy:
Eat 3 meals and 3 snacks each day, every 2-3 hours. Going too long without eating is not good for your baby.
You should Follow your meal plan.
Do not go more than 10 hours between your bedtime snack and breakfast.
Limit breakfast to 2 carbohydrate (carb) choices. Blood sugars are harder to control in the morning.
Try to avoid these foods that often make blood sugars high:
Instant hot cereals (packets)
Learn from your after-breakfast blood sugars if certain foods or milk spike your blood sugar too high.
Choose high fiber foods:
Fresh fruit (except at breakfast)
Whole grain bread, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, oatmeal.
Look for the words “whole wheat” or other whole grain listed first on the package ingredients, not “enriched”. Fiber slows down the digestion of carbs, which can help manage your blood sugars.
Have a variety of foods from all food groups – fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and whole grains. Have all the non-starchy vegetables you want. (Refer to your food list).
Include protein at all meals and most snacks, including at bedtime. Meat, cheese and eggs are good sources of protein. Protein does not raise blood sugar.
Try to avoid these Foods and Drinks
Non-diet pop or other sweet drinks
Sugar, honey, syrup, jam
Some fish, lunchmeats, and soft cheeses as advised by your doctor
So, what do you think? Is it not so easy? Let’s try it….