There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to a gestational diabetes menu plan. Essentially, the goal of any gestational diabetes menu plan is to maintain normal blood glucose levels, gain an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy, prevent ketosis, and to get all of the nutrients for a healthy mom & healthy baby. However, there are some common components that you can use to help you develop a gestational diabetes menu plan that will work for you….
If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you probably know that watching the amount of carbs you eat plays a big role in your new diet. Most women are typically put on a gestational diabetes carb counting diet after being diagnosed. It’s often helpful to see what these guidelines look like with some menu suggestions in a gestational diabetes sample diet plan.
A gestational diabetes sample diet plan can be replicated and tweaked once you understand the basics of how it was put together. To do this, I recommend …
Getting sick is never fun, but it’s even worse when you’re pregnant. You’re worried about getting better and making sure your unborn baby stays healthy. The biggest thing you need to worry about when you have the stomach flu during pregnancy is dehydration. Depending on your symptoms, you can become dehydrated from throwing up, having diarrhea, or even from just having a fever. And the higher the fever, the more likely you are to lose fluids because of it.
The good news is that most stomach viruses are short-lived. But it can seem like forever when you’re going through it….
Periodontal (gum) disease is a general term that refers to anything from mild gum inflammation to severe damage to the soft tissue & bone that support the teeth, and there is a relationship between gum disease and gestational diabetes.
When I started reading about gum disease and gestational diabetes, I expected to find information stressing the importance of good oral hygiene when you have gestational diabetes. I assumed the higher blood sugar levels would increase the chances for gum infections since bacteria love to eat sugar. And that’s true…but the relationship between gum disease and gestational diabetes is not quite so simple.
On average, gestational diabetes impacts 6% of pregnancies in the US. However, every pregnancy doesn’t have an equal chance of developing gestational diabetes. Some people have an increased chance of developing gestational diabetes due to having one or more of the gestational diabetes risk factors. Being familiar with gestational diabetes risk factors can help you determine if you are at risk.
If you are at risk, you can make dietary and lifestyle changes to hopefully prevent gestational diabetes …
You’ve recently been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, and you want to know what you can eat. Well, the good news is that other than foods to limit & avoid during pregnancy in general, there really aren’t any foods that are forbidden when you have gestational diabetes. I did put together a gestational diabetes food list for you though. The key is knowing …
Gestational diabetes can cause the following complications for your developing baby:
- Large size (over 9 lbs) – can lead to delivery complication, including shoulder dystocia
- Low blood sugar immediately following birth
- Higher risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity later in life
Whether gestational diabetes hurts your baby or not really depends on you. And here’s why.
In short, antioxidants are molecules that neutralize free radicals in the body. These free radicals are created in response to a variety of conditions, including poor diet, pollution, smoking, toxins, sun exposure, and medications. Free radicals are also created through normal metabolic processes. We can do our best to minimize exposure to some of these things, but we can’t eliminate them completely from our lives. Free radicals are dangerous because they are highly volatile molecules that can easily damage healthy cells.
The good news is that antioxidants can help neutralize these free radicals so that they don’t damage cells and lead to disease. If your diet includes a variety of fruits & vegetables, chances are you’re already getting the antioxidants you need. As a general rule, …
Rates of food allergies in the US are rising. And in a big way. A 2013 CDC study showed that childhood allergies in the US have increased 50% between 1997 and 2011. The facts and statistics about food allergies can be quite alarming.
The 8 most common food allergies are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish.
Having a child with a food allergy is stressful for both the child and the entire family. When children are young, they’re in our safe little bubble, and we can control their environment more closely. As they get older, they are away from us more and more, and things are less within our control. And that can be scary. Very scary….
Calculating a due date isn’t always simple. Okay sure. If you have 28 day cycles and always ovulate on day 14, it’s pretty easy. Those handy little pregnancy due date calculator wheels will work great for you. Congrats! But for a lot of women, it’s not that simple. There are several reasons why a pregnancy due date chart might not work for you, and understanding how pregnancy due date charts work can help you use them effectively.