Good nutrition is essential during pregnancy and even more so if you are experiencing gestational diabetes for the sake of your health and your baby. In addition to mild yet consistent slow exercise,
a diet plan is an absolute must to take control and minimize the chance of using medication which at times can carry side-effects of its own. A variety of healthy foods are available with ease, the more challenging aspect is to follow them
especially when your body is telling you it wants chocolates and carbs!
One of the most important factors is to familiarize yourself with food labels and the contents of everything you eat. Making the right diet decision is also aided by visiting with a dietician or doctor to give you guidelines and meal plans that
you can use.
Basically, your meal plans should consist of low and controlled amounts of carbohydrates with moderate amounts of proteins and healthy essential fats. Diet items such as fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat and brown
sources are ideal. Obviously, foods that should be dramatically cut back on or removed completely are high sugar foods that range from pops to sweets to fruit juices as popular examples.
Your daily meal plan should be divided up into 3 to 4 small meals with the addition of 1 to 2 small snacks in between. Consistency is also extremely significant in this diet plan, never miss your meals. This will help in keeping your levels blood
sugar levels stable and safe. Also, it is ideal to keep the amounts of total proteins, fats and carbohydrates equal from day to day.
Vitamins are also key to ensure that with your new diet plan menu you and your baby (if you experiencing gestational diabetes) will receive the proper daily requirements. A prenatal vitamin is ideal with the addition of extra calcium or iron.
Never skip breakfast, however for this meal be sure to limit carbohydrates and other sugars. Boost your protein with sources such as nuts, peanut butter, eggs or cheese.
Also, it is quite the misconception that because you are pregnant that you need to eat for two, this is not the case as your body will always give your growing baby the nutrients first. It has been proven that you only require aprox. 300 calories
more per day while pregnant for healthy baby development - this is equal to a glass of milk.