Best Diet for Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes

So I was recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GDM), which occurs in about 7% of pregnant women. It’s pretty common, but can be worrying too if not taken care off.

The reason for this entry is basically because I’m hopeless at going to my appointments, and as I’m writing this, I’m missing my 3pm appointment with a dietician in Putrajaya Hospital (don’t be like me guysss), so I decided to do my own research. I mean how hard is it to look up the proper diet for women with GDM right?

So here’s what I found.

It’s all about keeping your blood sugar level in the ‘normal’ range.

diabetes during pregnancy
diabetes during pregnancy
diabetes during pregnancy
All graphic photos above: Credit to Georgetown Pharmacy

So far, it looks like my readings are mostly in the prediabetic stage (with minor diet control). I still had my Teh O Ice Limau, still had my rice, but I tried cutting down on my ice creams, cakes and chocolates.

My Blood Sugar Levels:

Carbohydrates in your Food

According to the USCF Health Organisation, you’ll find carbs in a lot more food than you think, such as:

  • Milk and yogurt
  • Fruits and juices
  • Rice, grains, cereals and pasta
  • Breads, tortillas, crackers, bagels and rolls
  • Dried beans, split peas and lentils
  • Potatoes, corn, yams, peas and winter squash

Sweets and desserts, such as sugar, honey, syrups, pastries, cookies, soda and candy also typically have large amounts of carbohydrate.

Best diet for gestational diabetes

Here are some ways to maintain safe blood sugar levels:

  • Do not skip meals!- We should be eating about 3 main meals a day with 2-3 snacks. And by snacks I don’t mean like pisang goreng, kuih muih, keropok lekor and so on ya! I’m sure you guys know what healthy snacks are.. haha
  • Limit fruit intake- Fruits are healthy, but also high in sugar. So it’s all about moderation. And don’t you dare eat those fruits which are canned in syrup water.
  • Food portion control- You’ve probably heard or read or advised on this by every nutritional professional and maybe even your family and friends. It’s the same ol’ same ol’ diet where you have half a plate of veggies, 1 quarter protein and another quarter carbs. But it’s important I guess! So that’s why we see it everywhere!
Credit: Northwestern Medicine
  • If you think fruit juices are healthy… think again!- It takes a few fruits to make up a glass of juice, which makes it a concentrated source of carbohydrate. And because it’s so easy to just gulp it all down, it can raise your blood sugar level quickly!
  • Strictly limit sweets and desserts- Cookies, cakes, pastries all have large amount of carbs and sugar and offer very little in nutrition. It’s all also important to stay away from added sugars in your food like honey and syrup and avoid all sodas and sweet beverages!

Okay… so for me the hardest part is my lunch and dinner where I mostly have rice with some lauk. Funny thing is I’m already taking the Taj Mahal rice(known to be good for people with diabetic) for my dinner and yet, my readings are higher at night compared to my lunch where I take the normal rice. Maybe it’s the small chocolate bar after… huhuhu 😛

Source: Google

Anyway, I’m gonna try to up my game and have a go at meal prepping. That way I know exactly what to prepare and have potion control.

So if you guys have any suggestions, do let me know.. and I hope my research has help some of you out there too!

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only based on personal research and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider.

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  1. I didn’t know diabetic people need to limit their fruit intake. Yes, I thought fruits are the best for any body condition. I learn something new today

  2. Must be take care of your healthy body… The Taj Mahal rice is better for people that diabetic disease. Hehe…

  3. Mak SA ada diabetes so memang banyak buah- buahan dia tak boleh makan lebih..sebab kandungan gula dalam buah- buah pun agak tinggi kan…kekacang pun dia tak boleh makan..beras pun sekarang dah guna beras basmati…SA pun sama dah guna beras basmati

  4. diabetis bagi ibu hamil memang perlu dipantau baik2, saya belum lagi alami, tapi kawan2 saya ramai la kena diabetis waktu hamil dan ramai amalkan shaklee dan pemakan sihat seperti yang awak kongsikan, memang berkesan..

  5. I had GDM for my second pregnancy as well and man, that was not cool at all. Kena jaga makan and all. But actually I just cut of my kuih muih as snack and take nuts instead. luckily just gdm with control diet and no need insulin.

  6. Belum ada pengalaman mengandung lagi. Tapi sellau dengar bila kawan-kawan bercerita. Takut juga bila ada diabetis ni. Suka juga makan buah-buahan ni tapi kandungan gula yang tinggi bila mengandung. Takut juga.

  7. Good info for mummy, masa pregnant mmg kena jaga pemakanan dan kesihatan supaya tidak ada masalah ketika nk bersalin.

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