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Do I need a Gestational Diabetes Diet?

Recent diabetes news suggests that approximately three to five percent of pregnant women in the United States are diagnosed with a condition called gestational diabetes. Even women who have never had diabetes before can contract this condition and it sometimes precedes the development of Type 2 diabetes. A woman with gestational diabetes is prone to high blood glucose levels and their babies may become very large, resulting in difficulty with labor and natural delivery. Women who have or are at risk for gestational diabetes often benefit from a diabetes diet in order to control their condition and to limit its consequences. Along with exercise and regular blood sugar screenings with glucose meters, a diabetes diet can be controlled effectively so that no ill effects are felt, all without having to resort to medication or insulin injections.

A gestational diabetes diet often involves several small meals throughout the day so that you do not become too hungry and overeat at the next meal. When you wake up in the morning your blood sugar level will be low, so do not eat sugary foods for breakfast or your blood sugar level will skyrocket. Rather, eat a small meal high in protein with a glass of milk or a cup of low calorie yogurt. Between breakfast and lunch, feel free to have a snack of vegetable snacks and dip, cottage cheese with fruit, or crackers with peanut butter to stave off hunger. Lunch, on a diabetes diet, should consist of one serving of protein, one of vegetables, and one of carbohydrates.Dinner is one of the trickiest meals of the day on a diabetes diet – a wrap stuffed with chicken and salad trimmings is a good option. Try to catch up on any missed servings of fruit and vegetables at dinner time, but avoid overeating. To avoid becoming bored with routine, use the internet or ask your doctor for some good diabetic recipes.

Diabetic recipes will help you to come up with new meal ideas without straying from the guidelines of your diabetes diet. As you get used to your diabetes diet, using glucose meters to monitor your blood sugar levels, you will find that it is possible to control your condition without having to resort to insulin injections. You may even experience other benefits of eating healthier – you may have more energy and a generally positive outlook. Do not underestimate the power of eating right; if you have gestational diabetes, a diabetes diet could be just what you need.

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