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Diet Plan for Gestational Diabetes in Third trimester

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How This Helps

Eating a healthy diet is an important way to treat Gestational Diabetes mellitus. The main objective of dietary management during Gestational Diabetes is to keep the blood glucose levels within normal range throughout the day, yet eating nutritionally balanced diets that provide nutrients from all food groups. Controlling the amount of carbohydrate intake, choosing healthier carbohydrate food sources, evenly distributing carbohydrate intake throughout the day, and pairing all essential nutrients required for adequate growth and development of the baby with carbohydrates helps regulate high blood glucose levels. Studies also support that carbohydrate restriction in patients with diet-controlled gestational diabetes mellitus results in improved glycemic control, less need for insulin therapy, a decrease in the incidence of large for gestational age infants, and a decrease in cesarean deliveries for ‘big bodied’ infants!1

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Science and Research

This sample diet plan for women suffering from Gestational Diabetes provides 1971 calories, 153.76g carbohydrates, 131.83g proteins, and 28.3g fiber. This is the time when women cannot accept large meals and feel full more quickly than usual. In addition to this, appetite increases for most, which complements the increased nutritional requirements. Thus, the diet plan provides small-portioned frequent meals for the would-be mother to comfortably digest the food she eats, during the new phase of her life.
*It is advisable to add natural sweeteners instead of artificial sweeteners to add sweetness to your food preparations.

Breakfast, Lunch, Snack & Dinner Ideas

Early Morning: ½ cup 2% fat milk, 2 Marie gold biscuits
120.5 calories, 12.49g carbohydrates, 5.5g proteins, 0g fiber.
Nutrition insight: A light snack in the morning after overnight fasting provides much needed early morning nutrition and helps to ease acidic reflux, which may occur because of prolonged hours of fasting.
 
Breakfast:  2 multigrain bread toast, Mushroom, and spinach omelet, 10 raw almond kernels
584.5 calories, 31.1g carbohydrates, 30.41g proteins, 7.1g fiber.