8 weeks pregnant mother

Question: I m having gestational diabetes can I continue my pregnancy

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Answer: yes you can..it is normal in pregnancy..follow this diet Unprocessed Get rid of everything white and refined/processed like white rice, (white) regular bread, anything made with all-purpose flour (maida).Whole Grains Include whole grains like Whole wheat, old-fashioned oats, Brown rice, Quinoa, Red finger millet (Raagi)Water Drink lots of water, at leat 8 glasses. I know going back and forth to the bathroom is the last thing you want, but water does more good by flushing the toxins out of the system. When you give your body the water it needs, it won’t hold on to it in the form of oedema unless other reasons exist.Protein Include more protein in the form of Soya chunks/granules, Tofu (soft/firm/extra firm), Seitan [say-tahn], grains like Quinoa [keen wah], Beans like Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) and Kidney beans. Even though for the uninitiated Seitan might seem to be quite a challenge, it is considered a good source of vegetarian protein.Complex Carbs Choose complex carbs like Sweet potatoes, everything whole grain and pair good carbs with protein each time so the chances of your blood sugar spiking is minimal. Afterall, the goal is just that – to keep your blood sugar stable and from behaving erratically.Exercise – at your own comfortable pace. If you have not exercised before, walk at least for 30 mins twice, everyday. Also, exercise in the form of yoga not only calms you but also helps you later with child-birth.Vegetables Eat lots of multicolored veggies, red beets, all kinds of leafy greens like spinach, fenugreek, kale, dill weed, mustard greens, squashes, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, Okra, Brussel Sprouts. If you weren’t eating before, think of it as a small lesson in eating before you can teach your own little one soon.Fruits Eat more fruits like apple, pear, citrus fruits, guava, kiwi, melons and berries. Just avoid anything too sweet or ripe ‘cos the fruits load up on sugar as they ripe. Avoid mangoes, chikoo (sapota), banana, jackfruit, pineapple, grapes as they are on the sweeter side. Of course, you can treat yourself for a little bit once a while, just as a treat if you have been eating right otherwise.Nuts Include a regular dose of nuts like peanuts, almonds, walnuts for the vitamins and omega-3s they supplyTackle cravings When you crave for something sweet, munch on high protein-low sugar cereal like Kashi Go lean (it has 13g of Protein, 10g fiber) or drink waterSmall frequent meals You must have read about this already, I swear by it too. Eat 6 small meals during the day every 2-1/2 to 3 hours instead of 3 large ones far apart. By doing this, you will not be letting yourself go crazy hungry which otherwise lets your blood sugar spike and lead you to grab anything and everything you can lay your hands on like that bag of chips or the chocolate cake at work. Keep your blood sugar constant and goal accomplished.Well balanced meals Eat portion controlled balanced meals with carbs and proteins in every meal (snack is considered a meal) and veggies & fruits each for at least two meals. The right portion size is the size of your clenched fist (equals one portion). E.g. cooked rice the size of your clenched fist or approx. 1/2 cup
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