Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition that occurs only during pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes occurs when the pregnant body cannot produce enough insulin to accommodate the growing baby and changes in hormones level of the mother. The lack of insulin causes blood glucose to rise and complicates the pregnancy. Women who have had Gestational Diabetes are at greater risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life.

Nutrition plays an important role in the management of gestational diabetes. Women should focus on a healthy balanced diet that includes a wide variety of foods, eating regular meals and an active lifestyle.

Gestational Diabetes Meal Planner - Recipes

Our unique healthy recipe search engine allows you to choose recipes that are best for you. Start by selecting ingredients to help manage your condition; whole grains (whole wheat flour, brown rice, whole grain pasta), colorful fruits or vegetables, low fat fortified milk products (skim or 1%,) and lean meats and alternatives such as beans or legumes. Avoid recipes with added sugars or sugar alcohols and solid fats (butter, margarine, lard).

Next use the nutrition sliders to find recipes that are low in cholesterol, fat and calories. You can adjust these to whatever your health professional suggests to optimize your diet.

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