Gestational diabetes: 3 diet tips from a prenatal dietitian | Nourish with Melanie #18

Have you just been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and now wondering what you should eat? In today's episode of Nourish we're going to discuss some quick and easy diet tweaks that you can make to optimise your diet if you have GD Stay tuned! I've just been diagnosed with gestational diabetes recently and I was wondering what would you recommend Mums with gestational diabetes in terms of diet and fasting

Rates of Gestational Diabetes are sky-rocketing, so if you've been diagnosed with GD, you're not alone Although it's challenging, I've had many women confess to me over the years that it was actually a blessing in disguise – being diagnosed with GD actually made them pay much more attention to their diet and lifestyle than they were doing, and now they, and their baby are much healthier as a result So, for those who are confused about what GD actually is, it's when your body is no longer producing the right amount of the hormone insulin to maintain the right amount of glucose in your blood stream Think of it like this: You want to get from home to the city You walk down to the train station, and wait for the next train

Finally, the train turns up, but it's so jam packed that there's no way you can squeeze on, so you have to wait for the next train As you wait again, more and more people are crowding the platform By the time the next train arrives, a few people manage to squeeze on, but now there's more people on the platform, than there is room on the train! That's what it's like with GD You want to get the glucose out of your blood stream and into your bodies cells so that it can do it's job, but it gets stuck in your blood stream because there's not enough trains I am just concerned because I have my glucose test coming up

And I am just wondering if you've got any tips, what I can do to make sure things like gestational diabetes and things like that can be avoided The next question becomes, what can you do about it? Well, let me give you a few suggestions Number one – reduce the number of people allowed onto the platform

By building a gate at the entry to the platform which only allows one person through at a time, it slows down the number of people allowed on the platform We can do this with your diet Glucose is found in carbohydrates, so instead of eating all of your carbohydrates at once, you need to snack on them in small, amounts throughout the day For example, let's look at the diet's of Sally and Kelly Sally skips breakfast, grabs a latte for lunch, then gets home from work and downs 4 crackers with cheese, a bowl of pasta, 2 slices of bread, followed by a tub of yoghurt

Kelly, on the other hand has crackers with cheese for morning tea, a sandwich made from 2 slices of bread at lunch, a tub of yoghurt in the afternoon, followed by a bowl of pasta for dinner Although they've both eaten the same food, Sally ate hers all at once, so her glucose will have a traffic jam, and she'll end up with high blood glucose level readings, whereas Kelly spread her carbohydrates evenly across the day So, my suggestion is to plan your meal and snack times Aim to have a nutritious meal or snack every 3 to 5 hours You may like to set an alarm on your phone to remind you until you get into the habit

OK, tip number two – allow important people onto the train first If you can't get everyone to their destination, it's more important to allow the doctors and nurses to get to work than those who are just heading to the city out for a day of sight-seeing Dietary-wise, we need to prioritise carbohydrate foods that provide our body with important nutrients that our baby needs This means, prioritising wholegrains that provide our baby with B vitamins, dairy foods which provides our baby with calcium and fruit which provides our baby with vitamins, over foods like potato chips, sugar and sweet biscuits which don't contain much nutrition Thirdly, don't clog up the train with luggage

If the train is full of bags and luggage, there's not much room left for people What I mean from a nutrition perspective is that if we fill our diet up with fat, that's going to impact how our body processes carbohydrates So in summary: – Eat small, regular meals and snacks every 3 to five hours – Focus on eating nourishing foods like fruit, wholegrains and dairy, and – Minimise your intake of junk food Hopefully, this will be enough to optimise your glucose levels to allow for a healthy pregnancy If you're glucose levels still aren't within the recommended range, the next step is to start measuring your carbohydrate intake using a calorie counting app, then book in to see a dietitian who can help you with your diet

As always, if you have any questions, please type them in the comments below And, if you haven't already subscribed, make sure that you do so! I look forward to seeing you again soon on Nourish

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