I am currently pregnant with my second child and this time round too I got gestational diabetes. I was initially mad and angry at the situation. Then I realized that the gestational diabetes diet is one of the best diets to be on while pregnant, as you truly get to eat the correct balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fat. I eat more on this diet than I normally ever do and I hardly gain any weight. I have been at the same weight for the last 7 weeks of my pregnancy and I am already in my third trimester. So basically I am losing the weight while my baby is growing. Infact with my first pregnancy I was 5 pounds lighter after giving birth than I was going into my pregnancy.
The other side benefit that I think I had because of my gestational diabetes is that my 2 year learnt healthy eating habits and tastes while in my belly. During my pregnancy I was eating a lot of nuts (omega 3 for fat) and eating fruits such as strawberries and blueberries. I ate these high anti-oxidant fruits a lot because I could eat a lot more of them vs. 1 slice of mango, which I was typically allowed to eat. My 2 year old loves to eat nuts and strawberries and blueberries. As a 9 month old she was eating a small box of blueberries (she called them blu bees) a day, costing us a whopping $6 a day. She is also more willing to try out new food items and eat her veggies and spices and herbs. I do credit a lot of her healthy eating habits to what she was introduced to while in the tummy. She is also very calm and I think eating a high protein diet which is what the gestational diabetes diet basically is has something to do with it.
I am no doctor here but when I break down the elements of the gestational diabetes diet it appears that even women with normal pregnancy would benefit from following it. First of all, I think it would prevent them from gaining excess weight. Second, they are eating six mini meals throughout the day keeping their bundle of joy continually nurtured and finally, they are teaching their kids how to eat right, right from the beginning.
Infact research has shown that what is fed in the womb impacts the baby for life…… check it out!
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