Gestational diabetes (GDM) in pregnancy is seriously on the increase and it is associated with several risks but one that might be surprising is the risk to you babies long term health. Babies born to mums with GDM face a 6-fold high risk of developing type 2 diabetes by the time they reach their teenage years.
Here are 5 things that may help prevent GDM1 Make a list of the food you need before you go shopping so you don’t give into the junk and special offers as you are going around the supermarket. If you are a vegetarian, avoid being a “carbetarian”, opt for wholegrain carbs, nuts and plants.
2 Develop a flexible meal plan so you aren’t just grabbing what you can on lunch. It’s easier than it sounds. Pick a day of the week and do your meal prep for the rest of the week. Integrate this into other normal chores. Try to focus on foods your baby needs and avoid anti nutrients – like white bread or sweets.
3 Avoid giving in to all cravings. I hear women saying “I was craving ice cream and ate half the tub”. If you have a sweet tooth, opt for more natural sugars. I make a really simple dessert you could try…
Prep time: 2 minutes
Mash half a banana
Add tea spoon of chopped dates
Add peanut or almond butter
Mix and munch
4 Change your perception. If you go for dinner try to look at the menu and think “what will give us the most nutrients?” and if you fancy dessert then maybe share one. Being healthy isn’t about depriving yourself it’s about enjoying good, nutritious food.
5 Drink plenty of water. Sometimes you are not hungry, you are actually thirsty. Especially in pregnancy, you should be drinking at least 2 liters of water per day (unless you have been told otherwise)