Hi I had GD. It was diet controlled and I had to stick myself three times a day to check my levels. That was the worse part for me. Basically the idea was little to no carbs and no sugar. I ate three meals and three snacks a day. They were small servings but I actually felt like I was eating too much! I would be like, geez it's time for a snack already? lol My blood sugar was always the highest in the morning but if I ate my snack right before I went to bed, I would have a normal reading in the morning.
Here's a sample of what I would eat:
Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 slice of low carb bread with a little butter, and a small piece of fruit.
Snack: cubes of cheese with a small piece of fruit or veggie
Lunch: grilled chicken with veggies and maybe a little pasta
Snack: a sugar free jello chocolate pudding cup (those saved me!)
Dinner: Another grilled meat - steak, pork chop, chicken with veggies or a salad and a small serving of mashed potatoes or rice
Snack: about 5 wheat thins crackers, 5 cubes of cheese and about 12 grapes.
Don't starve yourself, if your hungry eat a piece of meat or cheese or low carb veggies.
You'll get a list from the nutritionist of what fruits and veggies are high in carbs. Corn was the big one. The ones that are no carb, you can eat as much as you want! Also your diet will say maybe 3 or 4 oz servings of meat but I would eat a whole chicken breast and be fine. You can experiment with different amounts and see what raises your sugar and what doesn't.
I have a sweet tooth so I would eat the sugar free jello cups and once in a while eat a small piece of sugar free apple pie from Baker's Square or a couple of sugar free cookies or frozen yogurt. You just have to read every label and not over do it. Oh and I think Splenda was OK but the other artificial sweeteners like sweet n low, were not.
And the cool thing was, I would go in for my Dr.'s appointments and sometimes I would weigh the same. But what was happening was I was losing weight and the baby was getting bigger. I gained 19 pounds during my pregnancy and my daughter was born 6 pounds 8 oz and she was perfect!
After I gave birth I ate normally and the GD was gone. But now we have a higher risk of developing diabetes so if you're overweight, like me, losing weight is the best thing to lower your risk.
I know it's scary but if you stick to the diet and monitor your blood sugar you'll be fine. If you don't control it with diet they will make you do the insulin shots. I wanted no part of that so I watched myself carefully. Search online for a GD diet to do until you see the nutrtionist.
Exercise helps too. Just light exercise like walking and get a pregnancy yoga DVD. That helps ease the stress too. Good luck! If you have any more questions you can send me a message.