The 8 – Point Complete Guide Of The Gestational Diabetes Diet
Contents of This Page
- 1 Point One: Understanding Gestational Diabetes
- 2 Point Two: The Causes Of Gestational Diabetes
- 3 Point Three: The Gestational Diabetes Diet
- 4 Point Four: Foods You Can Eat
- 5 Point Five: Food You Can’t Eat
- 6 Point Six: Meal and Snack Ideas
- 7 Point Seven: Taking Insulin and Medication
- 8 Point Eight: Other Tips And Advice
Point One: Understanding Gestational Diabetes
Diabetes is type of chronic illness that is either caused by imbalanced lifestyle or through hereditary traits. This caused by a unique condition called hyperglycemia (a physical and biochemical condition of the body wherein it experience a high rise of blood sugar levels in the body) , that nowadays becomes more common most of us due to constant consumption of foods that are either instant or high in preservatives. Moreover another reason or cause of this diabetes is highly sedentary lifestyle or at least a life style that is so dormant that you lack a healthy dose of physical activity regularly.
In order for you to fully grasp the true nature of diabetes you must first be introduced to its different kind of its manifestation together with the understanding on how each type varies from one another. So with no further ado let us tackle the three types of diabetes to look out for and see its relevance to this article.
The first type of diabetes is the kind that you may get through some hormonal imbalance or some hereditary trait which happens to activate through you. The name of this condition is Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Compared to other diabetes Type 1 can be diagnosed early however the problem with it is that once you got it, you have to regularly inject insulin and balance it out by ingesting food and beverages that have simple carbohydrates. Having this kind of diabetes is quite a challenge since compared to other people patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus have a different time schedule of eating as well as portioning of food since their liver has an incapacity to produce its own insulin making it difficult to predict the behavior the rise and fall of the patient’s blood glucose level.
The second type of diabetes is the most common one amongst the three. After all this kind of diabetes never fails to affect anyone since it’s a life style disease that you will only detect once it has already afflicted you. If you will ask us, we would say that this kind of diabetes is the scariest amongst the three due to its inherent nature to be stealthy while watching our body develops complications from it. The only thing that can help you escape its grasp is for you to proactively prevent it by improving your liufe style, and if ever that you are already afflicted by it the best thing for you to do is take control of your own body’s metabolism and quality of life by changing your diet and your lifestyle into something filled with positive energy and utter balance.
And of course the last type of diabetes and the very subject of this article – The Gestational Diabetes Mellitus or also known as GDM in hospital jargon and is also referred to as Type 3 Diabetes Mellitus by some. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus is a rare form of diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy. It is a type of condition wherein the pregnant mother has high amounts of blood glucose which causes multiple kinds complications during pregnancy.
Point Two: The Causes Of Gestational Diabetes
A lot of pregnant women who were diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes would first resort to blaming themselves. However, this should not be the case. Most of the time, Gestational Diabetes just occurs due to genetics and a bunch of other causes. What’s more important is to take care of your health after the ailment has been found out. The patient should be calm and must maintain a h3 sense of mind because there might be possible challenges later on along the way. Don’t worry, we will try our best in laying out the details within this article.
Going back to the causes, one of the most common reasons why pregnant women get Gestational Diabetes is due to their hormones. There are some cases where certain hormones are produced, hormones that block out insulin. Insulin is another hormone produced by the body coming from the pancreas in order to help the metabolic process of breaking down fats and carbs, and ultimately turning sugar into energy.
And of course, as what we have already mentioned, it can also be genetics as well. According to researchers, those women who come from a family of diabetics are more prone to develop Gestational Diabetes Mellitus during the twenty fourth or up to twenty eight week of their pregnancy. Those crucial weeks up to the moment of labor, this type of diabetes persist.
Point Three: The Gestational Diabetes Diet
In devising your own gestational diabetes diet or for someone you care and love can be quite a difficult task especially to those who are oriented with western medicine since it has been their way ever since to create a meal plan which in all fairness get all the necessary macro and micro nutrients that a pregnant mother should have, however the problem with that is the fact that most of the time they tend to neglect the personal cravings and preferences of the mother which makes it difficult for mothers to comply.
But to thanks to the different dietary and culinary practices combined with medical traditions of the East, it is now possible to create a diet which is suited to the complicated case of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus towards pregnant women; a diet that will be easily complied by the mother, a diet that contains a harmonious balance between providing all the necessary foods and nutrients that the mother should have together with rightful amount of indulgences where the mother would make her pregnancy to be happier as well as healthier.
Eastern traditions have been doing this sort of practice even from the earliest time of their civilization. It has been their inborn belief that the way to perfection and enlightenment is through balance; a sound balance between two or more opposing qualities that compliments each other when done accurately and precisely. According to studies about the eastern practice of health and well-being , the best diet that a pregnant woman should have is a diet that lets her eat the food that she wants while being incorporated to the food that she really need. From the food choices up to the seasoning of the food must pass the standard needs of the mother without risking her preferred palatability. By doing so you are giving the pregnant mother to soulfully fulfill her needs and maintain the optimum health of her and the child that she is carrying her womb.
Point Four: Foods You Can Eat
The regular rule of thumb in a Gestational Diabetes Diet is that if the food ain’t sweet then you can eat it. However, it is best to keep in mind that by totally eradicating sweetness and carbohydrates in the diet of the mother may cause a drastic complication to the mother and worst experience a hormonal shock due to lack of glucose in the blood.
It is important that you remember that secret in getting a sound food choice during pregnancy is balance. You must fulfill both your cravings as well as the appropriate levels of nutrient intake that you should have. Indulgences to your cravings at a controlled amount and timing can help you surpass Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.
However, we h3ly suggest that you start making research on the food choices that are rich with the nutrients that you are required to have, after that you must also consider the types of contents that your food supplement and medication have so you can assure that the timing of eating your food as well as drinking your supplements is fool proof. After all we want you to get the most of everything, without risking any conflicts with your nutrient absorption. Discipline and wise choices will help you get through your condition.
Point Five: Food You Can’t Eat
Ultimately the foods that you must definitely avoid are those that contains high levels of simple carbohydrates or sugar as well as with foods that are fatty since they are the types of food that contributes a lot in developing complications during pregnancy (especially if you have Gestational Diabetes Mellitus which is the number one source of instigating several complications during pregnancy).
Proper levels of carbohydrates are crucial when you are pregnant and happened to experience gestational diabetes. Too much of any of that may result to drastic situations which can affect the overall growth of the baby. Another important factor that you need to keep in mind when identifying the foods that you should avoid is as much as you can make it a point that you avoid foods that are instant, high in sodium, high in inorganic sweeteners, and most of all additives and preservatives which proves to do more harm to the overall brain and body development of the baby.
Point Six: Meal and Snack Ideas
Meals and snacks of pregnant women do not need to be boring and too scientific, it is very important that every meal or snack that the pregnant woman should be eating is appetizing and alluring to their senses, since it is them (mother and the child inside the womb) who are going to be benefiting from it.
So here are some interesting and delectable meal and snack ideas for pregnant women (especially to those who are experiencing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus).
The secret in preparing food for pregnant women is not the density of a certain food in single serving of food in a plate but in the amount of variety of foods to choose from as well as the frequency of eating. And for those possible spaces in the degree of appetite of the pregnant woman must be filled out by fluids (water, fresh fruit and/or vegetable juices, and milk).
An ideal breakfast for pregnant women should be consisted of food choices that are rich in healthy servings of carbohydrates and protein to start up the day. Morning snacks and the breakfast must be consisted of high calorie foods that are based from allowed food choices for the health condition of the mother.
During lunch time you must remember that the course of meal of the mother should be consisted of the following: a small portion of appetizer preferably vegetable sticks with a rich fat free dip, clear and thick soup filled with vegetables rich in essential nutrients as well as few servings of protein sources, and of course a main course consisted of balanced portion of vegetables and carbohydrates together with protein.
After noon and mid-night snacks on the other hand may be consisted of controlled amount guilty culinary indulgences of the mother, after all it is during this time that mothers are in need of emergency food sources that are easily synthesized like simple carbohydrates that can serve as instant source of energy while waiting for the next course of meal.
Dinner time is considered to be with smallest proportions of food but with many food choices and courses for a holistic approach in the diet of the mother. The key here is to make the plating and portioning of every food presentable in order to provide fulfilling yet controlled amounts of nutrients for the mother. So the possible courses of food that should be seen during dinner or supper time should be: healthy appetizers that are fresh and organic, salad courses that are heavily consisted of different choices of vegetables and plant based protein sources, light yet warm soup, a main course of light protein sources yet impressively savory, and for dessert a piece of the mother’s favorite fruit.
Point Seven: Taking Insulin and Medication
Taking diabetic medications and insulin varies per the condition of the mother’s pregnancy. As much as you can you must distribute the proper timing of each medication in order to help the mother avoid conflicts between the nutrients that she is taking.
Point Eight: Other Tips And Advice
That we can give to you is that in order for a mother to have a successful pregnancy and safe childbirth is for her to have a h3 and stable support system. The most important source of support should be coming from the father for it is his responsibility to provide everything the mother requires for their child.