Happy Mother’s Day!
With Mother’s Day coming up soon in the UK (Sunday 19th 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, people with diabetes can enjoy regular chocolate, but some choices are much better than others. If your loved one has been abstaining entirely from chocolate, they may wish to avoid choccies and stop overindulging until the baby has arrived. Take a look at this post on chocolate for better ideas that are more suitable for those with gestational diabetes.
If you want to surprise them with a wee special treat then something like the Hotel Chocolat choices which are higher in cocoa are much better alternatives to most no added sugar or diabetic chocolates which are crammed with laxative-inducing sweeteners! Or make some of my super-easy homemade truffles!
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 its 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.
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 bread 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 mama does not like or cannot eat eggs for other dietary reasons). In which case, nut butter, nuts, seeds, avocado, fish, meat, cheese and yogurt will be better choices.
Lose the fruit juice (it’s pure liquid sugar). For help with advice on drinks, take a look at this page.
You may not be able to make much of a different breakfast from 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 them up for a day of great blood sugar levels.
Cooking a special meal
Once again meals need to be based on the 8 golden rules mentioned above. They need to be high in protein, contain good natural fats and little unrefined complex carbs, and have 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. Then take a look through some of the recipes here.
Don’t avoid eating out unless your partner has expressed a wish not to do so. We have yet to find 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 them to order and so that she is not put on the spot with being scared of 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.
For extra help and tips, try looking on the Takeaway & Eating Out page.
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 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.
- 50 grams dark chocolate
- 200 ml double cream
- Melt the chocolate in a microwavable bowl for a few seconds at a time, then stirring, being careful not to burn it. Alternatively you can melt the chocolate in a large bowl over hot water
- Pour the cream into a separate bowl and whip until it is the consistency you like. This is much easier and faster with an electric whisk. The cream will all of a sudden change from liquid, thickening until it is a stiff cream (be careful not to over-whip the cream or it will split into lumps - stop when it is a nice thick consistency)
- Pour in the melted chocolate and fold (gently stir) until it is combined throughout the cream and decant into serving ramekins/bowls/glasses
- You can add additional toppings such as a small amount of grated dark chocolate, drizzle of melted chocolate, chopped nuts and cream if you wish
- The mousse can be eaten straight away, or will set even firmer if refrigerated
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 gestational diabetes or is fed up with ideas of what to eat, then an alternative gift idea that may help them is a subscription to Gestational Diabetes UK for additional recipes and meal plans. The subscription 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 subscription options, please take a look here.