Happy Mother's Day!
With Mother's Day coming up soon in the UK (Sunday 26th March), I thought it would be nice to have a post to share with partners and family, just in case they insist on making any of our mummies and mummies to be breakfast in bed, make you a lovely meal or decide to take you for a meal out. So this is a post for sharing with your loved ones so that they can help you have a wonderful Mother's Day 😉
Chocolates can be a treat, but pick some good ones!
Contrary to belief, diabetics can enjoy chocolate, but some choices are much better than others. So take a look at this post on chocolate for some better ideas that are more suitable for mothers with gestational diabetes and bear in mind if your loved one has been abstaining completely from chocolate that they may wish to avoid choccies to stop any over indulging until baby has arrived.
If you want to surprise them with a wee special treat then something like the Hotel Chocolat choices which are lower in sugar, but higher in cocoa are much better alternatives to most no added sugar or diabetic chocolates which are crammed with laxative inducing sweeteners!
Breakfast in bed
Breakfast in bed is a lovely thought, but could also potentially turn into a bowl of cereal, toast and jam or a glass of orange juice being thrown back at you and a GD Mum breaking down into an uncontrollable sobbing woman! Beware, you've been warned!
With gestational diabetes, insulin resistance is at it's worst in the morning and so breakfast can be the trickiest meal of the day for ladies to eat, but it's also important that they do have something to eat in order to gain control of blood sugar levels.
To understand what types of breakfasts will be better tolerated, you need to have an understanding of our 8 golden rules of eating. The detail around our 8 golden rules can be found here.
Quick tips would be to leave the cereal closed at the back of the cupboard, only use bread/toast if there is one that you know or think they can tolerate (best breads for GD can be found here) and aim for a nice high protein breakfast!
If making a cooked breakfast avoid things like baked beans and ketchup, sticking to high meat content or Quorn sausages, bacon or turkey rashers, mushrooms cooked in butter, eggs and a grilled tomato.
Fruit salad is not a good alternative as there is too much fructose (sugar) in most fruits to be tolerated.
Eggs are fantastic as they contain plenty of protein and fat, so an egg based breakfast such as poached, scrambled, boiled egg or omelette would be ideal (unless your lady does not like or cannot eat eggs for other dietary reasons). In which case, nut butters, nuts, seeds, avocado, fish, meat, cheese and yoghurt will be better choices. For information on the best yoghurts, take a look here.
For help with advice on drinks, take a look at this page.
You may not be able to make much of a different breakfast to what your partner normally eats with gestational diabetes, but the fact that you've gone to the trouble to make something she can eat without causing high blood sugar levels will go a long way to let her know you care and will set her up for a day of great blood sugar levels.
Cooking a special meal
Once again meals need to be based around the 8 golden rules mentioned above. They need to be high protein, contain good natural fats and little unrefined complex carbs, plenty of green veg or salad to make them tolerable.
If you want to cook a special meal, it may be worth asking your partner what carbs they tolerate slightly better, as each mother will tolerate certain carbs better than others i.e. some will be OK with new potatoes but not wholewheat pasta, whereas another mother will tolerate Basmati rice but no potatoes. If you have this information it will make your life much easier when trying to prepare a meal.
Don't avoid eating out unless your partner has expressed a wish not to do so. We have yet to find a somewhere where there is absolutely nothing on the menu suitable for someone with gestational diabetes to eat.
The key to eating out is planning. If you book a restaurant, try to get a copy of the menu so that your partner can find a few options which may be suitable for her to order and so that she is not put on the spot with being scared what to order.
Don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask for things on the menu to be changed or altered to suit, so asking for swapping items which are more tolerable/suitable, or dressings on the side e.t.c. can make a big difference to the meal.
Miss the pudding or create a GD friendly one at home
A cheese board with oatcakes makes for a great alternative to pudding.
If you want to create a dessert then try making a sugar free sugar free jelly, no added sugar angel delight or some chocolate mousse. Desserts are best eaten after testing post meal blood sugar levels, so ideally a dessert treat in a ramekin that can be eaten in front of a movie will be a better option than a dessert straight away after a big meal, it's just too many carbs for the body to tolerate in one go if eaten straight after a meal.
Mother's Day Gifts
Mother's Day is not all about food so gifts that are not edible make for some great treats to any mummy. Flowers, toiletries, candles, a manicure, pictures or cards from the little ones, photos of special moments, jewellery and other keepsakes, or relaxing bubble baths all make for lovely gifts. If your partner is really struggling with their gestational diabetes or is fed up with ideas of what to eat, then an alternative gift idea which may help them is membership to our website for additional meal ideas and meal plans. Membership is £5 or £7 a month depending on which plan you choose and a minimum one month membership, so you can join and then cancel for access to this information for one month. To see our membership options, please take a look here.
Happy Mother's Day from Gestational Diabetes UK