Meal Planning with Gestational Diabetes

Meal Planning with Gestational Diabetes

meal planning with gestational diabetesGestational diabetes is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy. It is an often complicated and intimidating condition to deal with, and requires following a strict diet plan to ensure the safety of both mother and child.

Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can put a mother at risk for a myriad of complications including pre clampsia, jaundice, low blood sugar, and delivery complications. Some babies born to mothers with unchecked gestational diabetes can grow larger than a normal baby and cause complications for both mother and baby during delivery.

A controlled diet is often the first step to controlling gestational diabetes. Every pregnant woman should follow certain guidelines when eating for two, but for women with gestational diabetes it is especially important to follow a healthy dietary plan. Most doctors will recommend eating three moderately sized meals per day with two or three snacks dispersed throughout the day. Meals should include whole grains, fresh fruits, lean proteins, and lots of vegetables.

Carbohydrates will need to be heavily monitored and limited. Carbohydrates are not just limited to baked goods, though. A lot of foods are high in carbohydrates such as breads, cereals, pasta, potatoes, fruit, and milk. For pregnant women with gestational diabetes, it is a good idea to plan out your meals ahead of time. This will help you keep on track with what you are eating, and also ensure that you do not skip meals or snacks. Skipping a meal or snack can be detrimental to keeping your blood glucose levels in check.

Here are some ideas to help you plan your meals:

Breakfast:
Whole grains such as steel cut oatmeal, bran cereal, or two slices of whole wheat toast. A protein such as a hard boiled or scrambled egg, or a tablespoon of peanut butter.  A small handful of fresh berries or half a grapefruit.

Example: One cup of hot bran cereal topped with a small handful of fresh berries and vanilla almond milk.

Mid-Morning Snack:
Snacks should be mostly protein based. Try to stay away from chips or cookies.

Example: A handful of raw almonds or six saltine crackers with a tablespoon of peanut butter.

Lunch:
One ounce of protein and lots of fresh veggies make a delicious, satisfying, and gestational diabetic friendly lunch.

Example: Tossed salad with one ounce of grilled chicken and two tablespoons of low fat dressing.

Afternoon Snack:
Fresh cut veggies make a great healthy and filling snack.
Example: One cup of baby carrots with two tablespoons of hummus. (Try using a low sodium brand or making your own)

Dinner:
Three ounces of a lean protein of your choice, ½ to one cup of starch, and as many vegetables as you can eat. You can include a small amount of fat, such as one tablespoon of margarine or two tablespoons of a low fat salad dressing.

Example: Three ounce turkey breast with bread crumbs served with half a cup of cooked quinoa with mushrooms and mixed vegetables sautéed in one tablespoon of olive oil. Try a baked apple with oats and cinnamon for dessert.

Before Bed Snack:
It is highly recommended for expectant mothers to eat a before bed snack. It will help keep your blood glucose levels maintained while you are sleeping, and can sometimes help prevent morning sickness.

Example: One slice of whole wheat bread topped with a sliced hard-boiled egg.

Eating for two with gestational diabetes can be filling and enjoyable. By following recommended meal plans, you can ensure a healthy mom and baby.

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Gestational Diabetes Glucose Log

Gestational Diabetes Glucose Log and Journal

Gestational_Diabetes_Cover_for_KindleWhen managing gestational diabetes it is very important to log, track and document all of your blood sugar results with at gestational diabetes glucose log or what I call a gestational diabetes journal.  A gestational diabetes glucose log or journal should not only have places to record the blood sugar results but should also have areas to record intakes of calories and carbohydrates.  I also believe that a great gestational diabetes glucose log should have an area to record how you are feeling each day and also have an area to record medications.

Gestational Diabetes Glucose Log and Journal

 

As I researched this topic for creation of a gestational diabetes glucose log, I was not impressed at all with what I found as the journals were very bland and very medical based and not very nice.  I want all the mothers I come in contact with to very happy and if they are expected to use this every day, I  want them to use something that looks good and is nice to see.  I want them  to feel good about it.

Gestational Diabetes Glucose Log and Journal

After a brief description of a few terms and explanation of how to use the gestational diabetes glucose log and journal, you should find a page for each day of pregnancy starting at week 24 Day 1 all the way through to term.  Then with each week there is a page to compile some feelings and a place for a picture if you wish.  This gestational diabetes glucose log is meant to be for medical documentation but it should also be used as a management tool and it should be used for goal setting.  Many of you may want to keep a seperate journal for documenting your later weeks of pregnancy and the birth of your baby for keepsake purposes.

A gestational diabetes glucose log can very a very effective tool for the healthy of you and your baby. The log and journal as I call it you will find to be very good at helping you manage your daily intakes and your carbohydrates.  I wish you all the best with your healthy pregnancy and with your soon to be newborn baby.

I hope now that you want to take a look at the gestational diabetes glucose log, if so please click through here.

Gestational Diabetes Food Journal

Monitoring What You Eat with a Gestational Diabetes Food Journal

Gestational Diabetes Food JournalWhen you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, one of the things that your doctor will tell you is to watch what you eat. Gone are the days in which you just eat whatever you want without paying attention to the amount of calories and sugar that you take in. In order to monitor what you eat, your doctor might ask you to keep a gestational diabetes food journal. This food journal will be your key in making sure that you comply with your diet and prevent the complications associated with gestational diabetes.

Benefits of Keeping a Gestational Diabetes Food Journal

Also known as a gestational diabetes tracking, your gestational diabetes food journal will help you keep track of the foods that you eat to make sure that you are taking the right amount of calories as prescribed to you by your dietitian. Your food journal will help you maintain your blood glucose levels within normal range and help you prevent complications that might arise from gestational diabetes. In addition, it can become a way of increasing self-awareness, allowing you to examine your life through your eating habits. You can use your gestational diabetes food journal not just during the duration of your pregnancy, but also throughout the rest of your life.

Making Your Own Gestational Diabetes Food Journal

You can make your own gestational diabetes food journal just by using a journal that you buy from your local office or school supply store. While a blank notebook might work for some people, this does not work for everyone. Some people would like to have a ruled notebook for their gestational diabetes food journal. The important thing is that your notebook should be large enough you have room to record all that you need to and that you can carry your gestational diabetes food journals wherever you go. That way, you do not miss recording every single food that you eat.

Make sure that you take down notes not just of what you eat but also your emotions in eating. Your emotions in eating need to be jotted down since feeling unsatisfied with what you eat can affect your eating habits. There is such a thing as emotional eaters, so knowing what causes your eating habits will help in planning your gestational diabetes diet.

Your gestational diabetes food journal can also help you in spotting trends in your blood glucose levels, hunger, and satiety levels. Reviewing and looking at the bigger picture in your gestational diabetes food journal is important so that you can take proper action in case there are things that show that you are not complying with your dietary plan.

However, the most important thing in using your own gestational diabetes food journal is that you are honest in what you are writing. Your food journal will be totally pointless if you are not truthful in writing down the foods that you eat. If you lie to your food journal, you are simply lying to yourself.

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I created this as a part of my series “Baby Steps for Gestational Diabetes”