If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes it may throw you into a state of shock and confusion, especially if you’ve been eating a nutritious diet during your pregnancy.
Pregnancy is time of constantly changing hormones so try to be gentle on yourself and calm yourself with the knowledge that there are a few natural steps you can take to ensure the health of you and your growing bub.
Symptoms of gestational diabetes are usually mild but complications to mum and bub can occur so it’s important to take advice from you doctor. A doctor may prescribe insulin therapy if required.
As the chance of both mother and baby developing Type II diabetes is increased after gestational diabetes, these steps could be important in the prevention of future problems.
Like many health issues in our modern world, a lack of nutrients combined with the over-consumption of highly processed non-foods with no nutritional value will be a major contributing factor.
After consulting with your healthcare professional, follow these guidelines and listen to your body.
- Eat regularly. Consume nutritious food every 2-3 hours.
A major cause of all types of diabetes is irregular eating when the body learns to expect a hit of sugar and calories but is then subjected to long periods with no nutrients. This can negatively affect insulin receptors and mess with your metabolism.
- Eliminate sugar and refined grains. Get rid of the white stuff like biscuits, lollies, cakes, ice cream, white bread, flour and rice. A well-balanced diet of wholefoods will be of great benefit to you and your growing baby.
- Consume carbohydrates with protein and good fats. Carbs are what affect your blood sugar so if you can limit them to vegetables, fruit and if you can tolerate it, whole grains like brown rice or quinoa, you will avoid sugar spikes.
- Eat small portions of carbs with the majority consumed at lunch instead of breakfast or dinner. Consider good quality protein sources and good fats your friends – protein especially will benefit the growth and development of your bub.
- Increase fibre in your diet by adding ground flaxseeds or chia seeds to smoothies, salads and meals. Fibre can balance levels of insulin and is important for all pregnancy diets whether gestational diabetes has been identified or not.
- Exercise if possible for at least 30 minutes a day. Walking, pilates, yoga and swimming are fantastic during pregnancy. Listen to your body so you don’t overdo it.
- Supplementation – with Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Chromium. Vitamin D helps you absorb other nutrients like calcium, iron and magnesium so it is vital for processes in the body. Enjoy safe sun exposure to ensure adequate levels.
There is a direct link between Vitamin C deficiency and gestational diabetes so increasing your levels of Vitamin C will likely reduce symptoms and lower the risk of developing Type II diabetes down the track.
Chromium is an important trace mineral that many of us are lacking. Chromium in pregnant women can become deficient due to the fetus draining levels so supplementation of a wholefoods source of 200-1000mcg per day could be beneficial. Studies show that supplementation with chromium can normalize blood sugar in some people and that it also plays a role in fat metabolism. It can help alleviate sugar cravings and appetite in general.
Remember to love yourself enough to put great nutrition into your body. Enjoy your pregnancy!
- This information is for information purposes only and shouldn’t replace the advice of your doctor or natural healthcare advisor.
Katherine Tarr & Tony Isaacs (Natural News)