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What Type Of Pregnancy Diet Should I Follow If I Have Gestational Diabetes?

Good nutrition is especially important during pregnancy if you've developed gestational diabetes. Diabetes develops when your body can't efficiently produce or use insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas that allows cells to turn sugar in your blood (glucose) into usable fuel. When large amounts of glucose accumulate in your blood, it means that your cells aren't getting the fuel they need. High blood sugar can be harmful for you and your developing baby, so it's important to try to control it. One way to keep your blood sugar levels under control is to follow a specific meal plan. I strongly recommend seeing a registered dietitian who can create a diet particularly suited to you, based on your weight, height, physical activity, and the needs of your growing baby, as well as your level of glucose intolerance. She'll also take into account your personal food preferences. (Note: If dietary changes aren't sufficient to keep your blood sugar in a healthy range, you'll need to take insulin as well. If your practitioner prescribes insulin injections, you'll need to meet again with your dietitian to reassess your diet.) A dietitian starts by determining how many calories you need each day Continue reading >>

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  1. stewpot

    Hello
    I am prescribed 3 x 500 metformin tablets per day, to be taken one tablet with each meal. Sometimes I skip a meal (just can't face food first thing in the morning or just work through lunchtime without a break).
    I have always not taken a tablet if I miss a meal, as it tends to upset my stomach, and also (I have assumed) without food in my stomach there's nothing for the metformin to do.
    Is this the right approach or should I take metformin at meal times even if I haven't eaten?
    ta
    stuart

  2. Andy HB

    Hi Stuart,
    My understanding is that metformin is best taken with food. But I think confirmation is needed from those who still use it (I haven't done so since my initial diagnosis).
    However, what I'd say to you is that you'd be better served eating regularly. Breakfast is, after all, a very important meal of the day for all sorts of reasons and skipping it is not doing you any favours. If the body doesn't receive its expected energy boost in the morning it can go into 'starvation mode' which has various effects. The body slows down making you less able to do things during the day. Also, when you do eventually eat, it is likely that you'll eat like a maniac!
    By the way, I say this because when I was younger, I too missed meals and think this was a major contributor to my eventual onset of type 2 diabetes. I often ended up having humungous meals in the evening (great! ).
    So, my advice to you is work out why you are missing meals and do something about it. That'll then solve the metformin issue and will also probably help you in other health-improving ways.
    Andy

  3. Copepod

    Welcome to the forum, stewpot.
    Good advice from Andy.
    Also, remember that every pack of medicine comes with a Patient Information Leaflet, which covers questions like yours.

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