In addition to meals, snacks are an important part of any meal plan, including gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes snacks should include multiple macronutrients, specifically both carbs and protein. Eating carbs by themselves tends to increase blood sugar. The quality of the carbohydrate (complex vs. simple) makes a big difference too. Protein helps to reduce the blood sugar response, so it doesn’t spike as high. Fats are okay to add as well. Just make sure you are choosing the healthy fats, such as monounsaturated fats and omega-3s. And while I’m calling these gestational diabetes snacks, they’re really just healthy snacks that can enjoyed by anyone!…
Insulin Resistance Signs
It’s helpful to be familiar with insulin resistance signs so that you can identify what’s going on inside your body. There are no symptoms, per se, with insulin resistance. There are, however, insulin resistance signs or indicators to recognize….
Risk Factors: Gestational Diabetes
It’s important to know about gestational diabetes risk factors. Gestational diabetes affects up to 10% of pregnancies in the US. It can impact any woman, but there are risk factors that make someone more prone to develop gestational diabetes. Some of these risk factors are uncontrollable, but others can be controlled.
Does Gestational Diabetes Go Away?
I get asked this question all the time. Does gestational diabetes go away? And yes. Most of the time, it does.
The definition of gestational diabetes is “diabetes that is first diagnosed during pregnancy.”
It’s possible that a woman with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes could be first diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy. That’s certainly not the norm though. But in that case, I would NOT expect it to go away. With true gestational diabetes, it usually does go away….
Causes and Prevention of Diabetes
To avoid type 2 diabetes, it is helpful to learn the causes and prevention of diabetes. There are steps you can take now to delay or prevent entirely the onset of type 2 diabetes. Given the physical, emotional, and financial toll diabetes takes on us and our bodies, learning how you can be proactive can have a dramatic impact on your health.
The Gift of Gestational Diabetes
Yep…that’s right! It’s a gift! And here’s why…
It’s like having a crystal ball. And that crystal ball is telling you that there’s a REALLY good chance you’re going to develop type 2 diabetes in the future! In fact, having gestational diabetes is the single biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes Christmas Survival Guide
A very merry gestational diabetes Christmas! Said no one EVER! Getting together with family and friends during the holidays can be tons of fun! But it can also be stressful when you have gestational diabetes. I want to give you some helpful hints so that you can focus on the fun and making memories and not worry about what you can & can’t eat….
Gestational Diabetes Treatment
According to the CDC, up to 10% of all pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes treatment is specific to each woman, however, there are two things that are included in all gestational diabetes treatment plans: diet and blood sugar monitoring. And they really go hand-in-hand. The monitoring gives you feedback on whether or not your diet is working. If it’s not, you have the chance to make changes to your diet for the next meal and then test again….
Healthy Eating Amazon Prime Day Finds
Happy Prime Day!
Since I write about pregnancy and nutrition, I thought I’d put together a list for you of all the relevant Amazon Prime Day deals that have to do with healthy cooking and healthy living. It’s definitely worth checking out! You may just come across something you never knew you needed…until now! Happy shopping!
Healthy Cooking & Healthy Eating
Instant Pot Smart WiFi (with Echo Dot) – https://amzn.to/2lwjLUo
ThermoPro Instant Read Meat Thermometer –https://amzn.to/2luJMDx
AccuWeight Digital Food Scale – https://amzn.to/2lwx72Z
Ninja Air Fryer – https://amzn.to/2lmxexP
Glass Meal Prep Containers – https://amzn.to/2XPzhrV
Vegetable Spiralizer – https://amzn.to/2jXPWLZ
Tongs (set/2) – https://amzn.to/2lqqM97
AmazonBasics Dutch Oven – https://amzn.to/2k06dzW
Fitbit Alta HR – https://amzn.to/32w1mrY
Fitbit Versa Lite Smartwatch – https://amzn.to/2XMn7jy
Water Bottle – doesn’t everyone feel this way? 🙂 – https://amzn.to/2lxi2yb
Touchless Soap Dispenser – https://amzn.to/2lwARS4
If you come across some fabulous deals that I missed, please let me know!
Weight Gain During Pregnancy
The amount of weight you should gain during your pregnancy varies depending on your pre-pregnancy weight. Weight is grouped into categories based on BMI, which measures your weight relative to your height. To determine your BMI, you can use a BMI calculator. Remember to use your pre-pregnancy weight, not your current weight if you’re already pregnant. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) pregnancy weight gain recommendations are shown on the image below1….