Gestational diabetes is most serious condition for pregnant women and should be controlled in appropriate way to enjoy healthy child birth.
Many complications, both short term and long term, are involved in gestational diabetes.
If you want to avoid those complications, your diet plays a major role. Here are few diet tips that you have to follow, when you are pregnant and having gestational diabetes.
- Get at least 40% to 50% of your calories from carbohydrates and ensure that your meal plan includes complex carbohydrates like brown rice, whole wheat bread, especially fiber. One more important thing is to cut down calories count in your snacks and maintain them in your meals.
- Get 20 to 25 % of calories from proteins by including protein rich foods like fish, peanuts, chicken, etc.
- 20 to 30 grams of fiber everyday is very essential for pregnant women to stabilize blood sugar levels and also in preventing constipation.
- Restrict sodium intake unless you have any health problem related to lack of sodium.
- 30% of your calories should come from monosaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. So, be sure to take them in right amounts because even taking excess can pose complications.
- Most important thing to remember; don’t use artificial sweeteners like saccharin, which can possibly cross placenta and cause harm to your unborn baby.