Gestational diabetes diet: Breakfast ideas

When I first found out I had gestational diabetes I immediately started googling what I can and can’t eat, but I didn’t find many blogs sharing people’s experiences. So I’ve decided to do a little mini series of posts about what works and what doesn’t work for me, starting with breakfast. It’s actually the most difficult

When I first found out I had gestational diabetes I immediately started googling what I can and can’t eat, but I didn’t find many blogs sharing people’s experiences. So I’ve decided to do a little mini series of posts about what works and what doesn’t work for me, starting with breakfast.

It’s actually the most difficult meal of the day for me – partly because I don’t want to get up earlier than usual to make anything, and partly because I just love a bowl of cereal (and no matter how many times I’m told my diet doesn’t need to change dramatically, I’m not naive enough to think Crunchy Nut Cornflakes will give me a decent blood sugar reading).

Cereal, porridge and muesli are pretty much off the menu for me, especially if my fasting blood sugar is close to the limit (5.3 for me), so it’s usually a more savoury breakfast than I’m used to. We bought Joe Wickes’ Lean in 15 book for some ideas, and it’s definitely helped us to vary our meals.

I’ll do another post on quick breakfast ideas, but if you have a bit more time in the morning, this is what’s worked for me so far.

Baked eggs in avocado:

avocado eggs
Not bad for a first attempt!

I’ve just realised that I’ve only made this once even though I enjoyed it. Take an avocado and split down the middle, crack an egg into it and bake (or microwave to save time) until the egg is cooked. I added some bacon for extra protein, and it was really nice.

To contain the eggs in the avocado you need to scoop some of the inside out, and I’d recommend finding big avocados if you don’t want the egg whites all over the plate!

Avocado and egg on toast:

More avocado! Mash up half of it and spread it on toast, then top with a boiled or poached egg. I go for boiled because there doesn’t seem to be much point in going to the effort of poaching an egg if you’re not allowed a soft yolk!

I find if I go for brown seeded bread (Lidl low GI loaf is great) then I can double up and have two slices.

Fry-up:

Yep, a fry-up definitely works for me. Bacon, eggs, Quorn or Heck chicken sausages (I’m sure normal ones would be fine, but I don’t like them), beans (I stick to quarter of a tin in case there’s too much sugar), and a slice of toast. I can get away with white bread because of all the protein. You can add tomatoes and mushrooms if you like – the more veg, the better!

Not quite a full fry-up and I didn't cook the eggs enough!
Not quite a full fry-up and I didn’t cook the eggs enough!

Protein pancakes:

Pancakes are my absolute favourite breakfast food, and we always have them on special occasions. Sadly, sugar and syrup are off the cards, but these protein pancakes are the next best thing.

25g rolled oats

1 egg

1 scoop protein powder (I’ve been using cookies and cream flavour but might try chocolate next)

1 banana

Blend it all together and fry three pancakes until they’re cooked through. I have mine with plain Greek yogurt and some fruit, but reckon they’d be amazing with a bit of honey!

I’ve found that I have to think about breakfast a bit differently and go for a cooked meal, which I would never usually consider before work. Sandwich and bagel thins are great for making sure I get the carbs I need while not adding as much as full sized bread or bagels would, and anything involving egg is generally safe.

*If you fancy cutting down on carbs, I’d definitely recommend Lean in 15 for some quick and easy ideas.

Pregnancy number one v pregnancy with a toddler

When you find out you’re expecting your first child you immediately want to wrap yourself up in cotton wool and protect yourself from the world. Sleeping on the bedroom floor of a toddler you’ve soothed back to sleep at 2am at nearly 34 weeks pregnant wouldn’t even cross your mind, and you’d probably give the death stare

When you find out you’re expecting your first child you immediately want to wrap yourself up in cotton wool and protect yourself from the world.

Sleeping on the bedroom floor of a toddler you’ve soothed back to sleep at 2am at nearly 34 weeks pregnant wouldn’t even cross your mind, and you’d probably give the death stare to anyone who even suggested something so ludicrous. And what about clambering onto a toddler bike with your knees up in your chest and your belly resting on the handlebars while a tiny dictator yells “go mammy, go!” Not a chance.

Well it turns out pregnancy number two doesn’t come with the same luxuries as the first … As I’ve found out over the last seven months or so.

With baby number one, the chances are your life will have changed slightly before you’re even pregnant as you’ll have been advised to take folic acid for three months before trying to conceive. Of course, you do this religiously – why wouldn’t you?

When you’re already juggling a full-time job and a toddler, it’s enough to remember if you’ve brushed your teeth before leaving the house … The daze of running around after a whirlwind, plus the inevitable baby brain, makes pill-popping more haphazard than a daily routine, as much as you know it’s for the best.

Taking it easy doesn't happen when you have a tired toddler
Taking it easy doesn’t happen when you have a tired toddler

When you get that much wished-for positive pregnancy test, you immediately turn mama bear over your as yet non-existent bump. Nobody is allowed within five yards of it, you’re wary of situations where it might get a bit squished, and you even sleep on your left side as recommended (for some unknown reason) by the baby books.

Try telling a two-year-old to stop climbing on mammy’s tummy because he’ll dent his baby brother or sister … You’ll get nowhere fast! This little bubba certainly isn’t enjoying a peaceful cocoon.

Speaking of baby books, What to Expect When You’re Expecting will become your bible as you count down the weeks until you meet your lovely first born. You’ll read a chapter a night, keeping up to date with baby’s developments, what fruit they’re the size of and what you should be doing to prepare at that particular time. And why not? You have the luxury of time to absorb all the information you can.

I think my two-year-old copy is now being used to prop up the bedside table. I’m so knackered by bedtime I’d probably be snoring after page one anyway.

This little one isn't getting any peace!
This little one isn’t getting any peace!

And there’s always One Born Every Minute … The oh-so-reliable source of every first-time mother’s birth expectations. You’ll cover your eyes through the gruesome bits (that’s not going to happen to you anyway) and sob as the parents cuddle their tiny little baby. 

The second time around you can watch safe in the knowledge that you’ve been through it before and will breeze through it again. Oh wait, I only have six weeks to catch up on four more series of Pretty Little Liars before hormones and sleepless nights turn my brain to mush. I know which I’m choosing to watch this time around!

One thing that inevitably changes when you find out you’re carrying a little one is your diet. Your iPhone notes will contain lists of banned and best avoided foods – goats cheese is off the menu, you’ll throw away a slightly runny egg, and you’ll cut out caffeine cold turkey.

No caffeine plus full-time work and a toddler? No chance!

Caffeine is essential when running after this one!
Caffeine is essential when running after this one!

By 30 weeks you’ll start the countdown to d-day, with your maternity notes and carefully constructed birth plan close to hand at all times, your midwife’s number on speed dial and your immaculately packed hospital bag ready to go.

I somehow only have six weeks left and haven’t got my bag back after lending it to my mother, let alone packed it with mini toiletries and a nighty I’ll never wear. The baby has enough clothes to last around two days, and our list of potential names is non-existent.

Yep, pregnancy with a toddler is definitely different to the first time around! I’m sorry baby number two. This pregnancy is no less enjoyable, of course, but time definitely flies when you have so much else to think about!

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