When I was pregnant with both my children, I developed gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that affects pregnant women, usually during the second or third trimester. Women with gestational diabetes don’t have diabetes before their pregnancy, and after giving birth it usually goes away. In some women diabetes may be diagnosed in the first trimester, and in these cases the condition most likely existed before pregnancy. Source – Diabetes UK
Treatment for gestational diabetes varies. During my first pregnancy my gestational diabetes was treated by managing my diet only. My second pregnancy I had to manage my diet and take medication. It is imperative that pregnant women with gestational diabetes follow their Doctors advice and regularly monitor their blood glucose levels.
During my first pregnancy I had to change what I ate and how much I ate. There are lots of myths surrounding pregnancies and I discovered that ‘eating for two’ was definitely one of those myths. I had to increase eating vegetables and reduce my carb intake. I also had to monitor my blood glucose level 4 times a day. I received a glucose monitor from the Nurse and was given instructions on how to use. I have to admit it was a pain, but was very important to keep track of my blood glucose levels. If gestational diabetes is not kept in check it can cause complications in pregnancy for you and baby. Listen to the advice given by the professionals and implement changes ASAP. Changing my diet and monitoring things I was eating was really difficult but had to be done. Use all the resources available to you and there are always people there to help.
I was recently gifted Marianne’s Plate which is a healthy portion plate and I kept thinking how useful this would have been when I had gestational diabetes. The plate serves as a guide and a reminder of what you should be eating and how much you should eat. The plate is divided into 3 sections. Each section represents a food group to guide you on what you should be eating. One of the sections is for vegetables which covers half the plate, then there is a quarter section for protein and then another quarter section for carbohydrates. More information can be obtained at https://www.mariannesplate.com/
Marianne’s Plate comes in 3 designs and you can choose to have a melamine plate or a china plate. Prices start from £8.45.
This would make a very practical gift for someone with gestational diabetes or someone who is wanting to make improvements to their health and wants help to lose weight.
Disclaimer: I was sent Marianne’s Plate as a gift.