Healthy Blood Sugar Levels in Pregnancy
I am now well into my second trimester and feeling loads better (thank goodness!) – I am trying to remember what is coming up for me in terms of pregnancy testing. We are super excited for our 19 week scan at the end of the month to find out if our little girl will have a baby brother or sister… but I’m also reminded of the not-so-fun glucose tolerance test early in my third trimester.
After drinking that lovely glucose drink and waiting for (another) blood test, we find out how our body responds to such a huge amount of glucose. And those of you who have had gestational diabetes know the drill.
Be sure to eat a healthy diet full of fresh, low GI foods and exercise to maintain a healthy weight gain. Enjoy foods such as legumes, vegetables, the good fats (avocado, nuts, flaxseeds) and most wholegrains. I know this can be hard when those sugar cravings pop up (most days for me, could be another girl!) but I try to munch on berries and other low GI fruits. I find a smoothie made with oat milk, bananas, ground linseeds, tahini and natural yoghurt is a great afternoon snack or morning starter.