Gestational Diabetes Prevention
Be your own and your baby’s advocate whew it comes to preventing gestational diabetes (GD). Here are some suggestions that could help you to not only prevent GD but also just stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.
*Start every morning with a cup of green tea. A compound found in green tea – EGCE – has been proven to improve the outcome of both mother and child if the mother has been diagnosed with GD. Be careful not to exceed the recommended 200 mg of daily caffeine intake for pregnant women. http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Green-tea-EGCG-supplement-backed-for-gestational-diabetes-RCT-data?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright
*Eat foods rich in probiotics (I am NOT recommending yogurts high in sugar). Foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and Kefir can really improve your gut health. Probiotic supplements have also been shown to aid in the management of GD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0063401/
*Make sure you are eating enough healthy fats, especially Omega 3’s. For example: Nuts and seeds, chia, flax, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds are all great options. The avocado is one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. Wild caught salmon is also a good source of healthy fats.
*Consume foods that are rich in fiber because fiber may help your body slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar, which helps your body maintain a stable blood sugar level.
*Eat foods rich in magnesium and talk to your medical provider about magnesium supplements. Magnesium aids in stabilizing blood sugar and helps control cravings.
*Increasing your intake of fresh leafy greens, spinach, kale, and co may reduce your risk for GD because of their high concentration of polyphenols and vitamin C. They are also high in magnesium which may further reduce your risk.
*Make sure you don’t get overly hungry, eat regularly, and always carry an emergency snack pack with you. A healthy snack pack may include, for example, a bag of almonds with some goji berries or white mulberries.
*Exercise regularly throughout your pregnancy. If you were active before you got pregnant, keep up with your exercise regimen. However, make sure your heart rate does not exceed 140 bpm, if it does you need to slow down. If you were not exercising before, now is the perfect time to start. Keep in mind though to start slowly, you can take walks or swim, or join a ‘mom to be’ exercise class. Pregnancy is no reason to stay or become inactive except if your doctor or healthcare provider has recommended that you do so.
Check out my healthy recipes to find the perfect food to eat during pregnancy in order to keep your blood sugar stable.
I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy.