A well-monitored and controlled diet plan is necessary to keep your blood glucose levels in check. The focus should be on the quality of food you’re getting rather than the quantity.
Work with your dietician to monitor and maintain your weight and body mass index (BMI) throughout your pregnancy as obesity along with diabetes can complicate the outcomes of treatment planning.
Foods to Eat for a Balanced Diet:
- Non-fat dairy products
- Whole grains
- Lean meats
Eating more protein helps to balance blood glucose levels. These foods include fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, tofu, beans, nuts, seeds, quinoa and legumes or lentils.
Foods to Avoid if Diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes:
- Fruit juice with added sugar
- White potatoes
- White bread
- White rice
- White pasta
Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes may be worrisome, but with a strong plan in place to manage your blood glucose levels, and some dedication and discipline, it’s possible to make it through pregnancy with you and your child unaffected.