Gestational diabetes is the onset of diabetes during pregnancy. Blood sugar levels become high when pregnant and often return to normal following birth. Eating a healthy balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and checking blood sugar levels regularly using a glucometer can help manage and often eliminate gestational diabetes, as well as possibly prevent a reoccurrence in future pregnancies and type 2 diabetes later in life.
To help you manage gestational diabetes and protect your health and the health of your baby, take a look at these great snack ideas to keep you fueled, nourished while keeping your blood sugar stabilized throughout the day!
Tips: Keep in mind; one carbohydrate serving equals 15 grams of carbohydrates. It’s important to consume protein and/or healthy fat if you choose whole-grain carbohydrates to slow the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose, which then enters the blood stream and elevates blood sugar levels. By pairing carbs with lean, hormone free protein and healthy fats you’ll help stabilize blood sugar throughout the day- preventing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). For an even healthier option, your carb servings can be found in the form of low sugar fruits (apples, berries) and vegetables, offering you an even greater source of nutrients for you and your growing baby while helping to prevent inflammation, the likelihood of a reaction from a food intolerance (which many of us have to gluten found in wheat and more) while keeping your mood and blood sugar stable.