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Gestational Diabetes Survival Tips + Meal And Snack Ideas

This post contains affiliate links. This means that I make a small commission off of purchases made through my links at no extra charge to you. All opinions are my own. When I was pregnant with Bensen, my biggest struggle came when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Some women cry when their regular clothes don't fit anymore, I cried when my carb intake became drastically limited and I realized just how many high carb foods I enjoy. I knew going into that pregnancy that I was at risk for GD because I was pre-diabetic, a little overweight and have a family history of Type II diabetes, but getting that confirmation that I indeed had it was rough for me. I'm here to tell you that I survived and that six weeks postpartum, I was healthier than I'd been when I first got pregnant! My diagnosis came the week of Valentine's Day, so my loving husband changed his plans for our celebration. Instead of going to our favorite pasta restaurant, stuffing ourselves silly, and then coming home to lounge on the couch in front of a movie, he planned and prepared a low carb dinner at home and then we went for a walk. It meant a lot to me because I knew how much time and effort he'd put into rese Continue reading >>

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  1. jill2778

    When you say "too high" what do you mean by that? I have found each doctor has their own definition of normal versus too high. When I first started taking my numbers they were kind of all over the place. My fasting numbers were always higher than where they wanted them (95) but my eating numbers were most of the time within the proper range. I too get the normal number one day, and eat the exact same thing a few days later and be high (as in 161 being the highest). I have only had a 160's number twice. I am in my third or fourth week taking numbers and have found they are starting to become more consistent. I can only assume that is because I am getting used to what I am supposed to eat, or what foods work best for me rather.

  2. Brandy1026

    I'm supposed to stay below 90 for fasting, and below 120 two hours after all my meals. Sometimes my fasting will be in the 50s, sometimes in the 90s. For the first week I was testing, the post-meal numbers were in the 120s -- suddenly they're in the 130s. I know these aren't ridiculously high numbers, but my provider's protocol is that if I'm over my goal 10% of the time, I go on oral meds (vs. insulin). I've just heard so many crappy things about those meds, I REALLY want to avoid them. Plus protocol also dictates automatic induction at 39 weeks for anyone on the meds. Ugh.
    I just want to give this baby the chance to decide when SHE'S ready to be born, and I don't want to have to deal with the constant and extreme blood sugar swings I hear about with these meds. I'm doing everything I can think of ... eating whole foods, small portions, regular times, regular exercise, good hydration ... it just seems to be getting worse.

  3. jill2778

    My fasting number is supposed to be under 95, and two hours after meals under 120. I feel like a failure when I don't reach my goal numbers. I do what they say to do though. They haven't talked about putting me on meds yet, despite having had numbers that were higher than they should be. My doc said if they put me on meds I will be induced between 37 and 38 weeks. I am not scared about having my baby at that time, I just don't want to be induced.
    Anywho, what my nutrition lady said was to balance my carbs out with protein. I have been doing that and have been getting better on my numbers. If you are doing all you can, perhaps you are going to need the meds. That is no reflection of you and how you are doing, just how your body is reacting to being pregnant. Another poster had suggested to me on a GD thread I started that perhaps our numbers correlates with how we are feeling physically too. So she suggested I record if I am exhausted or other things and see if there is a pattern. I tend to think that exhaustion does create a pattern for me.

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