via BlackDoctor:

High blood glucose levels during pregnancy can impact the health of the mother and baby. Keeping blood glucose levels close to normal can prevent a problematic birth and decrease your baby’s risk of developing diabetes.

When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, like cornbread, grits, peaches, milk, or even collard greens, your body breaks these foods down into sugar called glucose. The more carbohydrate-containing foods you eat at a meal or snack, the more glucose will enter the bloodstream.

Your health care provider may suggest that you spread out your carbohydrates throughout the day. Eating small amounts of carbohydrate all through the day will help keep your blood glucose from rising too high after a meal. Women with gestational diabetes should eat at least three small­ to medium­ sized meals and two to four snacks every day.

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