Pregnancy diabetes is somewhat different from other types of diabetes that you may have known. Pregnancy diabetes only occurs in pregnant women, when the female body goes through a lot of drastic changes. Changes are in blood sugar levels, which are also called blood glucose levels. 49.2 percent of female experience pregnancy diabetes while they are pregnant. It doesn’t automatically make your baby or you a more common diabetic type and it does not mean your baby or you will develop diabetes right after the baby is delivered. Most women undergo pregnancy diabetes tests at 28 months of gestation. Nevertheless, you should also talk about pregnancy diabetes with your doctor during regular visits and check-ups, there are several ways to handle it. Most of the treatment of pregnancy diabetes can be cured through the setting of diet, and sometimes using drugs or insulin injections.
Method 1: Nutrition – Part 1
Cook your food from raw and fresh ingredients.
To deal with pregnancy diabetes, medical treatments are very much the same as natural treatments, but food approaches in natural treatments emphasizes on fresh foods. Make sure the food you consume remains natural or organic. That is, you should restrict processed or ready-made meals, and learn to cook from natural and fresh ingredients.
- If you do not have much time cooking every day, try getting yourself a crock pot to prepare basic foods, such as beans, rice, meat, and vegetables, to be stored in the refrigerator.
- Other ingredients that can be used for cooking are cinnamon. It has long been used to help individuals control their blood sugar levels, it is also considered to be safe for consumption of pregnant women if the number is normal. The normal amount blood sugar is about 1,000 mg daily.
- Although many food companies in the industry like to illustrate the perks and benefits of eating organic foods, many research and studies does not show its benefits in overcoming pregnancy diabetes. Most importantly, many eat whole and fresh foods, vegetables, fruits, whole grain and many more.
Eat more complex carbohydrates and less simple carbohydrates.
At least 40 to 50 percent of daily calories intake in the diet should come from high-fiber complex carbohydrates. Most of the complex carbohydrate rations should be eaten during lunch and reduce portions at breakfast and dinner. This is to help regulate insuline and blood sugar production within a day. Complex carbohydrates can be found contained in unprocessed whole foods, such as sweet potatoes, whole grain, and oatmeal. The general rule of thumb is, “white” foods are not allowed, meaning not to eat white rice, white pasta, white bread, which are simple carbohydrate.
- Although both complex and simple carbohydrates are broken down into glucose by the enzymes in our body, the body takes a longer time breaking down complex carbohydrates when compared to the time it takes to break down simple carbohydrates. That is, the body possesses a greater chance of processing glucose if we eat more simple carbohydrates.
Processed foods are to be avoided.
Simple carbohydrates are commonly found in factory processed ingredients and foods, including added sugars such as glucose, fructose and granulated sugar. For example, the high-fructose content corn syrup. Recent studies have shown that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, especially from beverages and soft drinks which have fructose-high corn syrup added to them, is associated with greatly increased risk of obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
- Food labels can help you find out the total amount of sugar in processed foods, but manufacturers by law aren’t required to include added sugars. Try to avoid sweets, pastries, cakes and all other sweet foods. The reason is refined foods contain simple carbohydrates as well as extra sugars.
- Sugar alone is not the cause of diabetes or pregnancy diabetes, but intake of beverages and food with high sugar content is associated with an higher risk of developing the type 2 diabetes illness.