Gestational Diabetes Sample Meal Plan during Pregnancy!
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- For your breakfast, try with whole-wheat pancakes, a cup of free-fat milk, and a piece of fruit.
- Then for your lunch – chicken kabob, a half cup of cooked rice, a half cup of broccoli (steamed broccoli)l, and a half cup of juice are good ideas.
- Pasta loaded with yellow squash, zucchini, carrots, and broccoli. Parmesan cheese can be a good thing for your dinner. A cup of low-fat milk is also good idea in the end of the day.
Below are other ideas that may help:
- It’s very important to stick with your meals at regular times every day – don’t ever skip your meal!
- You can try with 3 small main meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and get 2-3 small healthy snacks — and again eat them at regular times every day!
- Generally, your carbohydrate intake per day should not be more than 45 percent of your total calories per day. For saturated fats (unhealthy fats), keep them less than 10 percent of your total calories. And for unsaturated fats (healthy fats), you can eat them for about 30 percent of your total calories – according to WebMD.
- Keep far away from greasy, fatty, and fried foods — and on the other hand, keep close with foods high in fiber, low in fat, and low in salt! Make sure you get plenty of fiber for about 20-35 grams per day!
- If you experience morning sickness, frequent meals or eating small healthy meals throughout the day would help – but again, don’t forget to include them in your carbohydrate counting!
- Gestational diabetes is not only about high blood sugar, there is also a chance for you to have hypoglycemia (too low level of blood sugar). So, make sure you also completely understand what you can do if you experience hypoglycemia – ask your doctor for more advice! The risk of hypoglycemia is relatively higher when you’re on insulin therapy.
- Keep hydrated – get about 8 cups of liquids a day!
Don’t forget to get plenty of other essential nutrients for the growth of your baby! You need also to get adequate vitamins and minerals from your diet. For this reason, your doctor usually prescribes prenatal vitamins, and some mineral supplements if necessary!
Again, it is very important to work with your dietitian and doctor to find out your best meal plan.
Some studies found that pregnant women with gestational diabetes are more likely to develop some pregnancy complications if compared with pregnant women who don’t have the condition. The good news, many of them can cope with the problem and successfully deliver healthy babies as long as they stick to the treatment plan and manage their blood sugar as well during pregnancy!