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A Gestational Diabetes Diet Chart Helps to Maintain Healthy and Varied Diet

March 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Diabetic Diet

By preparing a gestational diabetes diet chart a woman with gestational diabetes can ensure eating a healthy diet that contains the correct calorific content with essential nutrients like carbohydrate, protein, fat and vitamins as well. Eating a healthy and balanced diet that is right for her condition and individual requirement will prevent her blood glucose from rising and keep it within the safe zone.

The amount of calories, carbohydrates, fats, proteins and other essentials varies from person to person and depends on a number of factors like individual height, weight, daily physical activity, current level of glucose in the blood etc. A gestational diabetes diet chart systematically lists all food items that are good for a woman suffering from gestational diabetes and also the quantities that she needs to eat to enjoy good health and ensure the best nutrition for her baby. If you have gestational diabetes your caregiver is the right person to prepare this chart for you.

When your dietitian prepares a gestational diabetes diet chart you may find some or all of these foods with important details listed in the chart under different food groups. For example:

Breads – Approx.15 grams carbohydrate per serving
1 oz bread slice
1 oz of bagel roughly equivalent to a quarter of a bagel bought from the bakery.
1 four-inch pancake of ¼ inch thickness
1 six-inch corn/flour tortilla

Grains and cereals – Approx.15 grams carbohydrate per serving
¾ cup ready to eat cereal (unsweetened) or a quarter cup of low fat granola
½ cup of cooked oatmeal/cereals
? cup of rice/pasta

Vegetables with high starch – Approx.15 grams carbohydrate per serving
½ cup of corn, sweet potatoes/mashed potatoes or green peas
1 quarter of a large sized baked potato
1 cup of acorn/pumpkin

Vegetables with little or no starch – Approx.15 grams carbohydrate per serving
½ cup of cooked or 1 cup of raw broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, beets, mushrooms, zucchini or tomatoes
½ cup of vegetable juice

Your gestational diabetes diet chart would also include:

o 8 cups of different drinks in a day. These can be fruit juices and other drinks that do not contain cream or are sugar rich soft drinks.
o Calcium rich food especially dairy products such as milk and yogurt. Calcium supports building healthy bones and is very good for the developing baby.
o At least three servings of iron rich food. It in necessary to eat food that can give at least 30 grams of iron every day. Such iron rich food includes, fish, eggs, meat, green leafy vegetables
o Foods that can provide vitamin C. Vitamin C can be had from eating strawberries, oranges, sprouts, grapefruits, tomatoes, mustard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers, and honeydew.
o Foods rich in Vitamin A like pumpkins, carrots, turnip greens, spinach, sweet potatoes, beet greens, cantaloupe, water squash and apricots

The gestational diabetes diet chart prepared by a dietitian may recommend eating food that a pregnant woman with gestational diabetes may not find very tasty. However, it is essential in the interests of her health and that of her baby. Alternating between different food items in specific groups according to her choice is allowed as it will make it easy for her to control her blood glucose while having a varied diet.

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