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Old May 5th, 2017, 13:18 PM   1
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Gestational Diabetes


Anyone else with GD? I was just diagnosed yesterday, haven't even met with the doctor or dietitian yet, just got the news from the lab tech. They gave me a simple diet sheet to follow until someone follows up with me.

I don't feel like it's a huge change from my regular diet, just less pasta and more veggies, but it makes things like snacking hard and I'm supposed to eat every couple of hours.



 
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Old May 5th, 2017, 15:15 PM   2
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Snacking is ok, just always pair a protein with your carb. Like cheese and apple, nuts and fruit. I'm on my third pregnancy and just waiting for diagnosis of GD for the third time. Do you have your monitoring kit yet? Without that it's hard to not what you can and can't eat as everyone is different.



 
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Old May 5th, 2017, 15:43 PM   3
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Snacking is ok, just always pair a protein with your carb. Like cheese and apple, nuts and fruit. I'm on my third pregnancy and just waiting for diagnosis of GD for the third time. Do you have your monitoring kit yet? Without that it's hard to not what you can and can't eat as everyone is different.
No. I just had the test Thursday, they gave me a half page diet sheet and said to follow that until the dietitian contacts me. My next prenatal appointment is not for two weeks. I wish they had called today. I wish I had a testing kit, so I could actually see what bothers me and what doesn't. But nope, not yet. I don't know if the doctor will provide one, or should I just go to the store and buy one? No one has told me anything really. I have anxiety and I'm really stressing about it.



 
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Old May 6th, 2017, 05:02 AM   4
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Where are you based? In the UK you will get one at your first appointment with the diabetic team. My diet at the moment is porridge and berries for breakfast, apple and cheese for snack 1, salad and meat or tuna for lunch with a small slice of wholewheat bread, oatcakes and cottage cheese for snack and then meat, sweet potatoes and veg for dinner. I might have another snack in the evening of a crumpet and ham. So at the moment I can tolerate some simple carbs but not a lot. I expect as I get further along that will change. I have known some people that have failed the test and can eat almost normally. Look into low GI diets for extra information.

The main thing is no matter how much it sucks having to watch your diet so much your baby will be fine. As long as you monitor your levels when you get the machine the risk is low. Try not to worry and just do the best you can until your appointment. It really threw me too on my first pregnancy and I restricted so much that I lost weight and really struggled, now though it's second nature.



 
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Old May 6th, 2017, 08:08 AM   5
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Thanks, I am in the US, I have not had an appointment with the dietician yet.

I have had a hard time putting weight on this pregnancy already, but I considered it fine because I was overweight before I got pregnant.



 
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Old May 6th, 2017, 10:46 AM   6
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To be honest, the more I read the less overwhelming it is. I wish they'd gotten me in with the dietitian before the end of the week, as giving me more guidelines would help. I have found some excellent resources online though that have helped me understand more what I need to be eating, it isn't as low carb as I was afraid.

https://www.allinahealth.org/Health-...meal-planning/

This site has some basic meal planning guidelines that have helped me understand what I need from each meal and snacks, and how many general "blocks" of carbs I need per meal/per day.

Like 2-3 for breakfast and 3-4 at lunch and dinner, with 1-2 at snacks in between meals and before bed. That makes so much more sense to me than "just don't eat this until further notice".

This morning I had 6 strawberries (low carb fruit, don't plan on making this a regular thing though), a half cup of whole milk plain yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 4 slices of thin bacon. In the future, I will use stevia to sweeten the plain yogurt, but I did not think of that yet. The full meal had 24 grams of carbs, and 17 grams of protein.

For snack, I will have cashews (a higher carb nut but just watch portions), a cheese stick, and some crackers (again, just a serving). This will be 31 grams of carbs and 15 grams of protein.

It is not as restrictive as I had imagined. I do not think, for the time being, these amounts will cause me problems. I do understand that it may be harder to manage the further along I get though, and I am anxious to go ahead and start testing my blood glucose so I know how these things affect my blood sugar.



 
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Old May 6th, 2017, 11:36 AM   7
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Another helpful thing maybe to use MyFitnessPal to log your food? You can ensure you are getting enough calories whilst monitoring carb intake. I track for 3/4 days every couple of weeks to check I am on track. However I'm only 17 weeks so will probably use it daily when I'm officially diagnosed this time. If you choose to use it let me know and we can diary share for food ideas!

It isn't that restrictive although by the end of the pregnancy I am usually desperate for buttery toast on its own with no protein! In fact you can often find me eating toast and nursing at 3am!!



 
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Old May 6th, 2017, 11:40 AM   8
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I am using myfitness pal but I am just starting with it, I have used it in the past though. That is how I just "know" the carbs and protein in my meals, lol. I use it more for meal planning before I eat than logging what I did eat, I prefer to plan then make.



 
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Old May 6th, 2017, 11:42 AM   9
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I have eaten primal/high fat low carb in the past, I am more used to not eating TONS of carbs, and I already know which veggies are startchy carby ones and which aren't, stuff like that.



 
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Old May 6th, 2017, 12:10 PM   10
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Sounds like you have it all in hand and are going to be just fine! Xx



 
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