Pregnancy Tracker: 21 weeks Size of the Baby: The size of a large banana! Biggest Obstacle: Getting enough rest Just over a week ago, I attended my first dietician appointment in about 12 years. My diabetes and pregnancy care team had been encouraging me to see their nutritional counselor, so I finally made an appointment. Immediately after our incredibly successful anatomy scan, my husband and I set off for the dietician's office. As a diabetic who was diagnosed just before carbohydrate counting became the preferred method of insulin calculation, I am familiar with the old "meal planning" technique and all of the inflexibility it entails. The last time I'd visited a nutritionist or dietician, we had discussed meal planning and food exchanges. So, perhaps I was a bit negatively biased against the whole idea of seeing a dietician again. On the other hand, everything has been going so well with my pregnancy, both in terms of my blood sug...
Gestational diabetes diet
The best way to improve your diet is by eating a variety of healthy foods. You should learn how to read food labels, and consult them when making food decisions. Talk to your doctor or dietitian if you are a vegetarian or on some other special diet.
In general, your diet should be moderate in fat and protein and provide controlled levels of carbohydrates through foods including fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates (such as bread, cereal, pasta, and rice). You will also be asked to cut back on foods that have a lot of sugar, such as soft drinks, fruit juices, and pastries.
You will be asked to eat three small- to moderate- sized meals and one or more snacks each day. Do not skip meals and snacks. Keep the amount and types of food (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) the same from day to day.
Carbohydrates should make up less than half of the calories you eat.
Definition Alternative Names Children and exercise Information Children should have many chances to run, bike, and play sports during the day. Experts recommend that children get 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day. Moderate activity means you breathe harder and your heart beats faster than normal. Some examples are: Walking fast Playing chase or tag Swimming Playing organized sports (such as soccer, basketball, and football) Younger children have a shorter attention span than older children. They may be active for only 10 - 15 minutes at a time. The goal is still a total of 60 minutes of activity every day. WHY EXERCISE? Children who exercise: Feel better about themselves Are more physically fit Have more energy Other benefits of exercise are: A lower risk of heart disease and diabetes Healthy bone and muscle growth Staying at a healthy weight GETTING STARTED Not all children are the same. Some kids are very athletic and love getting outside and being active. Others would rather stay inside and pla...
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