Some Good Ways to Celebrate Spring with Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes Celebrating Spring

Gestational DiabetesNow that springtime is just around the corner, you might be wondering what activities you can do for this season. Remember, having gestational diabetes does not limit you to the things that you can do. There are still a lot of ways to enjoy this springtime, whether it be in terms of what you eat or what you do. In fact, this is the best time to fine tune your diabetes management plan because your mood is also probably at its best. Don’t be a bummer during springtime and indulge in the following activities and rejuvenating changes while the spirit of the season is still within you:

  • Take care of your feet. When you have any kind of diabetes, including gestational diabetes, your feet need to be showered with extra care to avoid developing diabetic feet. Spring is the best time to pamper your feet with a warm water soak that should not last for more than three minutes to avoid causing macerated skin. Also apply lotion to dry skin, but make sure that you do not leave moist areas, especially the area between your toes. Although you cannot indulge in a full-blown pedicure while you have gestational diabetes, you can still color your nails to get that springtime feeling.
  • Get out and walk. There is no better season to get out of the comfort of your own home and walk around your neighborhood than spring. The benefits of walking have been enumerated innumerable times already, and even if you are pregnant, this is still a great exercise for you. You can start by walking 20 minutes per day for at least three days per week. Just walk at the pace that your body is comfortable with. As your body gets used to the exercise, you can gradually increase your time and pace. Just make sure that you rest every few minutes, especially if you feel out of breath.
  • Eat fresh and keep hydrated. Springtime is also the season of lots of fresh fruits of vegetables that you can certainly indulge in. You can try a lot of unfamiliar fruits and veggies which contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that are good for you and for your baby. Just make sure that you watch the glucose content of what you eat. As for the hydration, good old water is still the best drink for you. You have to increase your water intake especially once the temperature starts to climb. Drinking eight glasses per day is good for women with gestational diabetes.
  • Volunteer for gestational diabetes. The best gift that you can give to other women suffering from gestational diabetes is your support. Make a difference by joining advocacy groups and sharing your experiences as someone with gestational diabetes. Not only will you learn a lot from these groups, but you will also be able to benefit them from your experiences and coping methods. Empowering other women with gestational diabetes will help them cope with their conditions.

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Healthy Eating Out at Restaurants For Gestational Diabetes Moms

Wondering What You Should Do When Eating Out?

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Having gestational diabetes is not the end of the world for a pregnant woman. In fact, you can still enjoy much of the foods that you normally eat, but always in moderation. That being said, eating out at restaurants is not a total no-no for you, as it still remains one of your options. In fact, the choices that you have for eating out can still be the same choices that you have at home. As with eating at home, remember that you also need to have a balanced diet once you decide to dine out. Here are some guidelines that you need to remember to still keep healthy while eating out at restaurants:

  • Select the “right” restaurant. Before you go to whatever restaurant to eat out, you can research their menu beforehand so that you know what kinds of food to expect. Choose restaurant that have healthy food options, such as those with low fat and low sugar content. In fact, some restaurant websites contain nutritional and caloric information about their foods, so you can already plan what to eat even before you step into the restaurant. If such information is not available, you can instead opt for a restaurant where you can ask the chef to prepare low fat food for you.
  • Be mindful of the servings. There are some restaurants that offer large meal portions, so you need to control how much you eat by opting for smaller servings. You can also share with your partner if there are jumbo servings. Avoid supersizing your meals since this can lead to an exacerbation of gestational diabetes symptoms.
  • Avoid the freebies. Oftentimes, restaurants serve free bread, crackers, or chips while you are waiting for your meal. You can already skip these appetizers, especially since they are usually full of calories that will further increase your blood sugar levels. If you really want to have an appetizer, a safe choice would be a vegetable salad.
  • Use gravy and dressings sparingly. Both salad dressings and meat gravy are very high in fats, so you should not pour these over your meals like there’s no tomorrow. Instead, ask the waiter to serve it on the side so that you can control how much gravy or dressing you put into your food. If there is any low-fat dressing, that would be a good choice.
  • Substitute unhealthy foods with healthy ones. You can request from the chef or the waiter that instead of giving you fries as sides, they can just serve you garden salad instead. You can also substitute hash browns with fresh fruits.
  • Take note of what you drink. Your blood sugar levels might rise with sodas, fruit juices, shakes, tea, and coffee. While it is best to just drink plenty of water, you can still indulge in other drinks, provided that you only consume a little amount of those drinks.
  • Avoid fried foods. Remember that an average fast food restaurant serves food that have a lot of calories, fats, and salt, since the way that they cooked their food was almost always deep fried. Instead of eating fried foods, opt for baked or grilled foods instead.

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What Kind Of Exercise Can I Do With Gestational Diabetes?

Exercise during Pregnancy with Gestational Diabetes

Lifestyle modifications associated with gestational diabetes do not end in dieting alone. Exercise is as much a part of these lifestyle changes, even though you are pregnant. Most pregnant women are scared of doing exercises for fear that they might harm the baby. However, exercising is actually beneficial even for pregnant women, especially for those with gestational diabetes, since it helps keep their weight in check. It increases your body’s insulin response, hence lowering the blood sugar levels more efficiently. It can also relieve stress during pregnancy, which is why exercising is highly recommended for everyone. …….Exercise I Can Do With Gestational Diabetes?

Exercise I Can Do With Gestational Diabetes

There are several sports that are still deemed safe for pregnant women. Low impact and non-contact sports can still be done, such as the following:

  • Walking – This low impact exercise is considered as a good exercise for most people, pregnant or not. Even simply walking down the block to the market or to work is already exercising, so you can even make this a part of your routine.
  • Swimming – What is great about swimming is that it works for many muscles of your body, such as the muscles of your arms and legs. It helps keep you in tip top shape. However, swimming might be difficult during the latter part of your pregnancy, so it is only advisable during the first and second trimesters.
  • Cycling – This is a good aerobic workout even for pregnant women in their early and middle trimesters. Once again, it targets the lower limb muscles, although it is a great cardio workout as well.
  • Aerobics – Gestational diabetics can largely benefit from aerobics, since it helps keep the heart and lungs strong, making it a great cardio workout.

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Guidelines for Exercising during Pregnancy with Gestational Diabetes-exercise I can do with gestational diabetes

Even though exercising is good for those with gestational diabetes, there are still some reminders that you need to take not of before you start with your exercise routine.

  • Consult your doctor. This is the most important thing that you should do before you engage in any exercise program. Generally speaking, it is okay to exercise while pregnant and with gestational diabetes, as long as there is no chance of pre-term labor or any other co-existing conditions that might be detrimental to you and your baby’s health. Your doctor will tell you about things you should watch out for while exercising, as well as any limitations in terms of amount or movement.
  • Provide proper ventilation while exercising. Since you are pregnant, you need to keep in mind that you should not exercise outdoors on very hot days, since your body has the danger of heating up and causing damage to your unborn baby. Exercise in a well-ventilated or air-conditioned place, and avoid going out between 10 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon.
  • Do warm up and cool down exercises. You should also start at a slow pace so as to avoid your body from heating up too fast. Warming up can also help your muscles prepare for exerting more effort, while cooling down is important in getting your heart rate back to normal.
  • Drink lots of water. This will prevent dehydration, in turn preventing pre-term labor and high body temperature, which may not be good for your baby. Water is the perfect and safest way to rehydrate fluids for pregnant women, since water is essential for almost all body functions.

You can do things that you love for exercise as long as your doctor approves, and if you want to.  It’s very important to do something everyday, even just a 10 minute walk after eating, to help keep your blood sugar in check.  Aside from the aforementioned guidelines, you can learn more about exercising for gestational diabetics and other pertinent information when you sign up for our newsletter here.