GESTATIONAL DIABETES – Diet Plan By Dietitian Jyoti Chabria
BEST TIPS on GESTATIONAL DIABETES starting from diet plan, exercises & weight management.
When you hear the word gestational diabetes I’m sure many of us would raise our eyebrows! Well, let me put it across in a simpler way. This type of diabetes is common in pregnant woman and remains only till the time of her delivery. After delivery the patient is considered no more a considered a diabetic. Some women are unfortunate when the gestational diabetes tends to stay on and goes not go away. This happens in very rare situations accompanied with other complications.
Gestational diabetes during pregnancy is a temporary phase where the body goes through a number of changes. Did you know that gestational diabetes is also known as ‘Mellitis”?
Let us have a brief look at what really causes diabetes in pregnant woman:
Pregnant woman do not really need to worry about their blood sugar levels rising because it usually reaches normal levels during the course of time. I’m sure you all would want to know the reason for high sugar levels in pregnant woman! One major cause is the fact that the placenta produces more insulin than normally required by the body, and results in hormones getting blocked.
Gestational diabetes occurs in women generally during the last semester of the pregnancy. The best way to make sure that you are not a diabetic is to get your blood sugar levels checked right after your delivery and regularly for the consecutive six months. A healthy diet for gestational diabetes is also very important to be followed.
Pregnancy is one such phase in a women’s life which she always looks forward to. The period of pregnancy should be followed with some form of exercise for gestational diabetes. This would go a long way in making the pregnancy easier for the women.
Risk factors for gestational diabetes:
1. Obesity: Women who are overweight are under a greater risk of getting gestational diabetes. Therefore it is important to keep a check on your weight during pregnancy.
2. High blood pressure: Pregnancy tends to increase the blood pressure levels in women. In order to avoid such a situation, it is always advisable to do some yoga or meditation to keep the mind calm.
Some basic precautions to be taken during pregnancy are:
Healthy diet plan:
It is important to follow a similar diet as a diabetic patient. Once the baby is born, the mother can go back to her normal eating habits since all the sugar parameters come back to normal levels. Food to be consumed by the patient is as follows- low fat skimmed milk, drumsticks, spinach, fenugreek etc.
Food that should be avoided is- Potatoes, beetroots, bananas, mangoes, grapes and custard apples.
This is another way to maintain normal sugar levels in the body. Exercising like taking small walks or yoga can help you control the glucose levels in the body.
A check on your weight:
weight management is quite a task for many mothers to be! Controlling your weight can go a long way in keeping your sugar levels well under control.
I hope this bit of information has been educational in some way to all of you! So remember gestational diabetes is just a temporary phase but can be problematic if you are not precautions. As the old saying goes ‘Precaution is better than cure’!
Jyoti Chabria is a Consultant Dietitian for many major hospitals, colleges and corporates in India. She is a national award winner for her nutrition product line ‘Nutriline’.
With over 20 years of experience, she aims to create public awareness in the field of healthcare and conduct several camps and workshops.
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