L.O. asks from Dayton, OH on October 09, 2009
Gestational Diabetes - Dayton,OH
My friend was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes and doesn't have a guide yet of what she can and can't eat. Any suggestions?
D.W. answers from Indianapolis on October 10, 2009
Fruits are high in sugar, so they need to be moderated. Veggies, veggies, veggies - not high in glucose and have a good amount of fiber.
My recommendations are to 1: see if she can be seen by an endocrinologist 2: make an appointment with a dietician (even the smallest towns have Dieticians at their hospitals) - preferrable a Certified Diabetes Educator.
The ADA is regarded as the authority: http://www.diabetes.org/
D.G. answers from Columbus on October 10, 2009
Try this site.
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on October 10, 2009
Google the "Brewer's Diet". Dr. Brewer made a whole diet for GD.
On a side note, make sure her doctor isn't scaring her about "big babies" and talking about inducing early or scheduled c-sections. Women with GD naturally birth their babies everywhere, American doctors just seem to like to schedule labor and delivery for office hours:(
B.R. answers from Evansville on October 12, 2009
Your friend should be careful about high starch foods, like potatoes, Cheerios, breads, etc. Avoid big servings of any fruits. There are places online where she can calculate her carb intake or how many carbs are in a serving of a particular food. My nutritionist set me up on a diet of about 30 carbs for breakfast and 30 for a morning snack and then 45 carbs for lunch, snack, supper, and snack. Morning is when she's going to have the hardest time with sugars, because we are all slower in the morning, so light breakfasts. Tell her not to do what I did and just stop eating any carbs, that can be just as bad as to many. Also, tell her to ask her nutritionist for a guide for eating out. I got this great book of a ton of places, from fast food (mcd's, subway) to sit down places (applebees, steaknshake).
Wish her luck for me. It doesn't make the end of the pregnancy any fun, having to check sugars and be very careful of what we can eat.
M.H. answers from Evansville on October 11, 2009
She was diagnosed and the doctor didn't give her a list of rules to follow?? Tell her to get a new doctor!!!
K.V. answers from Columbus on October 11, 2009
Depending upone her situation she can eat anything in moderation. She just needs to watch her carbohydrate intake. If she balances her meals and gets the right propotion of simple carbs and protiens she might be okay. I had gestational diabetes with both my pregnacies and I was able to control it with the proper diet and exercize. I friend of mine and my sister-in-law were not so lucky and no matter what end up with insulin injections. So every case is personal. They do recommend not drink fuit juice or eating fuit before noon. Their have been changes lately and some of the things that were no nos during my first pregnacy were okay to eat in my second as they discovered that some carbs actually have a loweer glyemic index then others such as beans and some vegatables. Either way she need to work one-on-one with a diatician and her doctor.