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*Cravings for non-food substances like sand or chalk (a condition called pica) can be dangerous as these items contain lead or other toxic substances. If you’re craving non-food items, consult your doctor.

Being both diabetic and pregnant can feel restrictive from a diet point of view… When you’re lacking motivation, just remember that everything you eat your baby is eating too: so put down the junk food and pick up a carrot!

Top tip

Get great lunchbox snack ideas on page 41.

A Note on Cravings: Whether it’s pickles and ice cream or other odd combinations, both cravings and food aversions are common during pregnancy. Although the exact cause is unknown, taste perceptions may change with hormonal changes. Cravings are generally harmless*, unless foods you crave replace more nutritious foods, or all you want is junk food. If broccoli loses its appeal, for example, substitute another vegetable that you enjoy and tolerate.

Ask the Dietician

The good news? You don’t need to give up caffeine entirely. The AND recommends keeping your intake below 300mg/day, which is about one or two servings of coffee or tea. And of course rooibos is naturally caffeine free, so you can have as much as you like!


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2015/06/05 12:57 AM

Sweet Life Magazine issue 14  

Diabetes and Motherhood (our pregnancy issue) published in Winter 2015 and with all the tips and info you need for a healthy diabetes pregna...

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