How I Managed Gestational Diabetes

I have been told, on numerous occasions, that I give good advice. I personally think these people are crazy but it made me think after sending an email to a friend.

So I met this girl – who will remain nameless – at work. She is young and has a lot going on in her life. Anyway, her and I kind-of clicked right off the bat. It wasn’t that much later when she found out she was pregnant. How exciting that I got to be the first at the office to know!

We have had many talks about pregnancy, baby and more since none of her close friends have been through this yet. For me it’s kind-of like have that little sister I never knew I wanted. Anyway, she recently found out that she has gestational diabetes.

This is something I knew I could help her with since I just went through this with my 5th. To help her out I typed her the basic information I learned in my dietitian classes I had to take. I usually do not think my “advice” is good enough to share but in this case I am hoping this will help more than just one girl so I have decided to share.

The basics:

15g = 1 serving of carbs (i.e. 1/2 banana)
7g = 1 serving of protein

IF there are more than 5g of fiber take extra and subtract from carbs (i.e. if 9g of fiber and 19g carbs then you would actually only be eating 15g carbs) (This is the one that always sends me through the roof with information but good to have)

Breakfast 1-2 servings of each
Snack same as breakfast
Lunch 2-3 servings of each
Snack same as breakfast
Dinner 2-3 servings of each
Snack same as breakfast

Eat every 2-3 hours with you last snack being 1 hour before bed (plan from that backwards)

Make a schedule and stick to it

Avoid fruit and milk for breakfast

Veggies are considered “free” which means you can eat them, within reason, where / when needed EXCEPT corn and peas (these have carbs and count towards your servings)

Remember, it’s not about sugar, it’s about carbs. Fruit is good but very high in carbs.

If this only helps the girl at work I will be happy; but if this reaches others struggling with this emotional news all the better! Let me know if you found this helpful. 🙂

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