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Pregnancy and the Hypoglycemia Diet

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author image Rose Welton
Rose Welton is a journalism major and a freelance writer. Her education is focused on nutrition and early childhood studies, making her an expert when it comes to writing about health and children's growth and development. She has written numerous articles and blog posts on various topics for online publications and has also worked on an Internet news team.
Pregnancy and the Hypoglycemia Diet
Low blood sugar can make you feel weak and anxious during pregnancy. Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

Hypoglycemia is characterized by low blood sugar, or glucose. It is not a disease but an indicator of another problem. You may experience hypoglycemia if you are diabetic or just temporarily if you have not eaten recently. If gestational diabetes or other health issues cause you to experience hypoglycemia during pregnancy, you will need to make sure that your diet is balanced and well-planned to keep your blood sugar stable. A good plan should include the nutrients you need during pregnancy and looks much like a typical healthy diet.

Nutritional Needs

During pregnancy, you need about two to three daily servings of legumes, nuts or meat such as poultry and beef. These foods will help you get the daily recommended amount of protein and iron that you need to stay healthy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, you also need 1,000 mg of calcium, which is equal to about three to four servings of dairy. You need 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid as well, which is found in citrus fruits, leafy greens and whole grains. Several servings of fruits and vegetables will also help you stay healthy and keep your blood sugar stable.

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Meal Timing

The timing of your meals is an important part of your diet during pregnancy, especially if you are trying to prevent low blood sugar. Try to eat three to four small meals a day, along with two or three snacks at regular times. Avoid skipping any meals or snacks, especially breakfast, because this can cause your blood sugar to drop suddenly.

Snacks

Try to keep snacks on hand that you can eat quickly in case of a blood sugar drop, especially if you experience symptoms like blurred vision, anxiety and sweating. Snacks that can help bring your blood sugar back to normal include fruit juice, raisins, pretzels and crackers. Avoid eating sugary foods that also contain a lot of fat, like chocolate and cookies. These foods do not work well to raise your blood sugar and keep it stable.

Recommendations

Work with your doctor to form a well-balanced diet plan that works for your situation, health and weight. If you do not keep your blood sugar stable with your diet, your doctor may recommend that you keep glucose tablets on hand for blood sugar drops. You may also need to test your blood sugar throughout the day to make sure it is staying at a healthy level.

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