E.C. asks from Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 28, 2008
L.W. answers from Miami on April 30, 2008
I had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy. As far as eating out, I mostly stuck to things like grilled chicken and salad. The rule the doctors told me was that half the plate should be your veggie, then the other half should be divided between the meat and starch. Depending on how your body is responding you will have 40-60 carbs allowed per meal, this is one of those things you just get used to figuring out. For snacks, I ate things like small servings of cheese cubes or a few diced strawberries. Just stay away from crackers and chips. I found that my body couldn't tolerate ANY carbs first thing in the morning, but the rest of the day I just stuck with the plan and was fine, I even lost weight. In the end, the baby and I were perfectly healthy and I was able to start eating normally at the hospital. I hope this is helpful.
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L.H. answers from Miami on April 28, 2008
it sounds like you'll want to stay away from 'white' foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, SUGAR...
you'll need high fiber foods like oatmeal, bran, veggetables
look for whole grain, high fiber bread (look for one w/ the highest fiber and lowest sugar that you can find)
you'll need to look at sugars in everything, like even
spaghetti sauces! there are a few brands w/ only o or 2mgs of sugar- take a peek- you'll be surprised to see 12grams of sugar in some spaghetti sauces!
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K.N. answers from Miami on April 29, 2008
I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my twins. The doctor recommended that I eat small meals and cut down on pasta, bread,and anything else which turned into sugar or contain too much sugar. After I delivered my babies, I was back to normal.
R.S. answers from Denver on April 29, 2008
cottage cheese, in fact cheese in general won't hurt you (sugar wise).
L.V. answers from Miami on April 29, 2008
Hi, you need to get a glucose tolerance test. You should have the results in a very short time, your ob-gyn should do it. In the mean time, get a glucose monitor and some strips. Go on webmd or any diabetes web site and find out the ranges and begin to test 2x a day, first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) and 1 hour after starting a meal (you can choose the meal). As for foods, again any diabetes website will let you know what the do's and don'ts are. You can't just cut out carbs and think you are okay, diabetes is about balance not elimination. You have to be careful if you do develope GD becuase it increases you risk of type 2 diabetes in the future. The monitor and strips may be overly cautious but you are better off and you begin to take control right away. Good Luck!
L.D. answers from Miami on April 29, 2008
I had gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy and my diet became very controlled after the diagnosis. The one thing that I can tell you for snacks is: peanut butter. I can't even remember how much peanut butter I had to eat. I never liked it and now even worst but its one thing that really helps you out; oh cheese cubes also. Stay away from lots of pastas/rice that makes the sugar go up fast (at least for it did). Check to see if they can offer you a nutritionist visit - and be sure they check you regularly (with ultrasound) as this condition makes your placenta age quicker and therefore nutrients to the baby are not what they should be. I ended up being induced and my placenta had already aged significantly - thanks to that peanut butter I held up -BEST OF LUCK!
L.B. answers from Port St. Lucie on April 29, 2008
How far along in your pregnancy are you? Usually they test you around 28 weeks - but can do it earlier if they detect that you have it - it should only take 24 to 48 hours to get the results back from the test - if it takes longer than that - see another doctor - it isn't something that you should have to wait around for results! Good luck!!!!