The Best Baby Shower Menu- Gestational Diabetes Edition

baby shower menu for women with gestational diabetes

The Ultimate Baby Shower Menu for Gestational Diabetes Moms

Pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement with family and friends. Do not let following a gestational diabetes diet ruin your time to celebrate. Throwing a gestational diabetes baby shower full of blood sugar-friendly foods that guests and the mama-to-be can enjoy is pretty simple with a little extra planning. That’s why I created the gestational diabetes baby shower menu guide! 

Check below for food and drink ideas, plus extra lifestyle tools to help you manage stress on the big day!

 Gestational Diabetes Baby Shower Food

One key to managing gestational diabetes is eating a balanced diet. When planning the baby shower menu for a blood sugar-friendly baby shower, we want to focus on the four things below.

  1. High-fiber grain and carb options. Fiber helps slow the rise in blood sugar when enjoying foods higher in carbs.
    1. High-fiber foods are foods high in carbs but also high in fiber, such as corn, wild rice, quinoa, popcorn, beans, lentils, fruit, butternut squash, peas, high-fiber crackers, and whole grains. 
  2. High protein. Protein helps stabilize blood sugars. Pairing high-fiber carbs with protein can help lower blood sugars. Make sure mom has plenty of safe protein options during the party.
    1. Gestational Diabetes friendly proteins include Greek yogurt, tofu, Skyr, paneer, pasteurized cheeses, cottage cheese, chicken, lean beef (filet mignon, sirloin, tenderloin), pork tenderloin, tempeh, Beyond meat, Impossible meat, shrimp, fish, and lobster.
    2. Check out this blog on blood sugar-friendly yogurt options if you are making parfaits at the event.
  3. High healthy fats. Healthy fats are great for a baby’s brain health and help stabilize mom’s blood sugar. Make sure mom can pair her high-fiber carbs with healthy fats and proteins.
    1. Healthy fats for pregnancy include nuts, seeds, avocados, and fatty fish like skipjack tuna, salmon, and sardines. 
  4. High vegetables. Vegetables add beautiful colors to the baby shower menu and help boost mom’s fiber intake and feeling of fullness to help manage blood sugars.
    1. All veggies are great for pregnancy. Food safety-wise, make sure to wash all vegetables well and avoid premixed salad bags. 

Using these four keys above can help you narrow down food options and create a blood sugar-friendly baby shower. Giving mom plentiful options is a great way to keep her from feeling guilty about food at the event or after. 

10 Blood Sugar-Friendly Food Ideas for a Gestational Diabetes Baby Shower

  1. Egg Bites with Bacon & Gruyère
  2. Protein Bagels with Caramelized Vidalia Onions and cream cheese with tomato
  3. Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Vegetables
  4. Roasted Shrimp Cocktail With Lemon-Horseradish Aioli
  5.  Charcuterie board with these blood sugar-friendly crackers, pasteurized cheeses, olives, nuts, seeds, hummus, avocado,  fruits, hardboiled eggs, pickles, and cooked meats like chicken beast chunks and bacon.
  6. Low-carb beef sliders made with Mision tortillas 
  7. Fresh Spring Rolls
  8. Chopped Greek Salad
  9. Bacon Cheese Burger Meatballs
  10. Vegetable Wreath with Ranch Dip

Gestational Diabetes-Friendly Drinks

Fun, colorful drinks are always a favorite at parties. To be blood sugar-friendly, we want to avoid adding sugar, syrups, sodas, or too much juice to any drink. Use artificial sugar like maltitol, xylitol, erythritol, and sorbitol with caution, as some guests may be sensitive to these ingredients. I recommend labeling items with sugar alcohol. 

Whether you are making your own desserts or buying them, below are 5 homemade recipes for the baby shower menu and five store-bought ones. 

Blood Sugar Friendly Drink options

  1. Easy Cucumber Mocktails With Dill
  2. Apple Ginger Fizz For Fall
  3. Cucumber Giblet
    1. Muddle 3 Cucumber Slices + Juice of 1 Lime + 1 tablespoon Sugar-free Sweetener in the bottom of the glass + Add ice + Top off with Club Soda + Garnish with Cucumber Slice + Lime Wedge 
  4. Low Carb Pinacolada
    1. Blend ½ cup coconut cream, ¼ cup pineapple chunks, 2 tsp allulose, and 1 cup Ice. Pour into glass and garnish with pineapple wedge and lime slice.

Gestational Diabetes Friendly Dessert Baby Shower

Gestational Diabetes desserts don’t have to be a drag or tasteless. My suggestion is to focus on portion size when it comes to treats. Instead of cake, make mini cupcakes or mini brownies. You can also bake cakes, cookies, and cupcakes with lower-carb flour choices like coconut flour or almond flour. Get my full gestational diabetes baking tips here. Below are 5 blood sugar-friendly dessert options. 

dessert gestational diabetes brownies

Here are 5 Blood Sugar Friendly Desserts

  1. Chocolate Chip Chickpea Dough
  2. Low-carb Pumpkin Doughnut holes
  3. Fudgey Avocado Brownies
  4. Pink Mini Cheese Cake 
  5. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Here are 5 Blood Sugar Friendly Premade Desserts to Purchase!

If you want to skip buying all the ingredients to make recipes and need an easier solution, try the below premade low-carb desserts and mixes to save you time during your baby shower menu prep!

  1. Low Carb Mini Cheese Cakes by WonderMonday
  2. Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake by Keto Bakes
  3. Vanilla Cake & Cupcakes Mix by Keto Bakes
  4. ChocZero Keto Chocolate Truffle 
  5. Salted Caramel Almond Crunch ice cream bars by Keto Pint

More Tips

1. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is crucial, especially when managing gestational diabetes. Drinking plenty of water can help keep your blood sugar levels in check. At your baby shower, make sure to have a variety of non-alcoholic, low-sugar beverages available. Sparkling water with a splash of lemon or lime, herbal teas, and infused water with fresh fruits are all excellent choices.

2. Test Your Blood Sugar Regularly

Monitoring your blood sugar levels is an essential part of managing gestational diabetes. Even during your baby shower, keep track of your levels by testing regularly. Bring your glucose meter with you and test as needed. If your blood sugar levels start to fluctuate, you’ll be able to address it promptly.

Some people will tell you to take the day off from testing your blood sugar during your baby shower or special event. You must ask your doctor before deciding you can take a day off. 

There is a big difference between someone with complete control over their blood sugars and someone with consistently high blood sugars. If someone has had uncontrolled blood sugars, going overboard with carbs can cause serious side effects or trips to the ER. If you are planning your friend’s baby shower, do not assume they will have a cheat day. Plan as if they will be following their blood sugar-controlled diet. 

5. Incorporate Physical Activity

Staying active is beneficial for managing gestational diabetes. Consider incorporating light physical activities into your baby shower. Simple games involving movements, such as a scavenger hunt or gentle dancing, can be both fun and beneficial for keeping your blood sugar levels stable.

6. Enjoy the Celebration Mindfully

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and indulge in all the delicious food at a baby shower. However, practicing mindful eating can help you enjoy the celebration without overindulging. Take small portions, eat slowly, and savor each bite. 

7. Have Protein before the Event

We know protein keeps your blood sugar stable and also helps decrease hunger levels. Enjoy some chicken breast, protein drink, or ful fat Greek yogurt before the event to make sure you are making food choices with your head and not your stomach.

8. Focus on Non-Food Activities

Baby showers are about more than just food. Engage in games, socialize with friends and family, and enjoy the process of opening gifts. By focusing on non-food activities, you can reduce the temptation to eat foods that might not be good for your blood sugar levels.

9. Manage Stress Levels

Managing stress is important for everyone, but especially for those with gestational diabetes. High-stress levels can impact your blood sugar. Take steps to stay relaxed and enjoy the day. Practice deep breathing, take short walks if you need a break, and focus on the joy of celebrating your upcoming arrival.

Remember to set clear boundaries to help your manage stress. Set time before the baby shower to acknowledge what those boundaries are with social time, sleep, sitting, and people pleasing. Let your close friend know what those are to help you stay on course. Remember the only people you need to please are you and your baby!

10. Seek Support and Understanding

Encourage your friends and family to support your dietary needs. Having a supportive environment can make a big difference in managing gestational diabetes. Don’t hesitate to explain your condition and how they can help. Most people will appreciate your openness and will do their best to support you.

Conclusion

Gestational diabetes doesn’t have to put a damper on your baby shower. By planning and following these tips, you can enjoy the celebration while controlling your blood sugar levels. Remember, the most important thing is to celebrate this special time with your loved ones and look forward to your baby’s arrival. Enjoy your day, and make beautiful memories!

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Ginger Cochran is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator & Care Specialist, Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and owner of Nutritious Ginger, an integrative and functional nutrition practice focusing on full body self-care and nourishment. Ginger’s primary specialty is women’s health, with a special emphasis on gestational diabetes, weight management, infertility, digestive wellness, and overall health + happiness.
Ginger serves on the board of director for the Nutrition Care Manual by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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