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Diagnosed with GD - Appt on 9/6

So I got diagnosed with GD a few days ago and my appointment with the dietician isn't till 9/6. It was a shock because i passed my 1 hr with my oldest son and i ate so much worse than this pregnancy, but for whatever reason it happened this time. im over feeling sorry for myself and am choosing to be thankful they found it, so now I'm trying to move forward full speed ahead and make substantial changes. I am determined to be healthier by the time this baby comes. so it's a challenge though since my appointment isn't till next Friday.I don't want to just be in denial and mindlessly eating till my appointment and be in seriously bad shape. I failed the 1st and 2nd hour of my 3 hr glucose. The first hour, my blood reading was 188, my second hour read was 164 and my 3rd hr was 68. I started walking 40 mins per day and eating about 2200 calories and eating 35% carbs and upping protein and fats. Im not sure if this is right, but i also don't want to do anything too extreme either. I'm eliminating white flour, desserts processed foods and increasing protein and healthy fats. It's a tough transition for me because i was vegetarian-ish and much of my diet revolved around lots of carbs and lots of fruit. I'm keeping a positive attitude because I know I can make some big changes and do whatever I can to ensure I give my son and myself the best opportunity possible. I understand each lady here will have a different plan but could you share with me what your diet plan is or any resources I could check out? Thanks so much!!!
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Re: Diagnosed with GD - Appt on 9/6

  • Juliebird8307Juliebird8307 member
    edited August 2013
    Hi!  You have a much better attitude than I did when I was first diagnosed.  That's a great start!  My diet is the following:

    Breakfast: 2-3 carbs, 1 oz protein, 1-2 fat choices
    Snack: 1 carb, 1 protein
    Lunch: 3 carbs, 3 oz protein, 1-2 fat
    Snack: 1 carb, 1 protein
    Dinner: 3 carbs, 3 oz protein, 1-2 fat
    Snack: 1 carb, 1 protein

    1 carb is 15g of carbs.  1 protein is 7g of protein.

    You'll find what works for you, and it can be really frustrating at first.  I've found that I can't eat as many carbs for breakfast as they recommended.  I started drinking protein shakes instead (15g carbs, 25g protein) and was able to keep my post breakfast number down.  I need much more protein than carbs at breakfast.

    I've also realized that I can't just eat the carbs and protein for breakfast and lunch.  I need to make sure to add vegetables too.  For example, I was stuck for a lunch and had Morningstar corndogs the one day.  Even though I wasn't above my carbs and it was enough protein, I was still over my recommended blood sugar limit.

    Also, I complained a lot because I got a strict doctor who wanted my post meal numbers a lot lower than most people on here.  I wasn't able to get there consistently, so they put me on a small dose of insulin.  That was really tough to hear, but in the end it turned out to be a great thing.  I don't stress as much because it really has helped with my numbers and I can eat more normally than before.  And the insulin injection is super easy and practically painless (less than the finger prick).  I'm just telling you this now in case it comes up later! 
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  • I am with you. My specialist appt. is Friday and I have yet to schedule with a nutritionist. I changed what I was eating the minute I found out I had GD. So thankful they caught it! I will share resources and info as I acquire it.
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  • A good rule of thumb for web resources is to look for .org or .gov websites. These tend to be more reputable and have facts that are peer reviewed. For basic information about gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) check out https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/gestational/

    I also came across this website (https://diabetessisters.org/pregnancy) which seems to have some great articles that would answer many GDM questions for those who are new to the process.

    I think the most challenging meal is breakfast and for good reason. Everyone- diabetic or not, is more insulin resistant in the morning. You will find what works best for your body. Generally it involves planning your meal at a particular time from when you get out of bed, avoid juice and fruits (and other high glycemic foods) at this point in the day, and pack your meal with protein and complex carbs.

    Good luck ladies!
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  • Hi!  You have a much better attitude than I did when I was first diagnosed.  That's a great start!  My diet is the following:

    Breakfast: 2-3 carbs, 1 oz protein, 1-2 fat choices
    Snack: 1 carb, 1 protein
    Lunch: 3 carbs, 3 oz protein, 1-2 fat
    Snack: 1 carb, 1 protein
    Dinner: 3 carbs, 3 oz protein, 1-2 fat
    Snack: 1 carb, 1 protein


    1 carb is 15g of carbs.  1 protein is 7g of protein.

    You'll find what works for you, and it can be really frustrating at first.  I've found that I can't eat as many carbs for breakfast as they recommended.  I started drinking protein shakes instead (15g carbs, 25g protein) and was able to keep my post breakfast number down.  I need much more protein than carbs at breakfast.

    I've also realized that I can't just eat the carbs and protein for breakfast and lunch.  I need to make sure to add vegetables too.  For example, I was stuck for a lunch and had Morningstar corndogs the one day.  Even though I wasn't above my carbs and it was enough protein, I was still over my recommended blood sugar limit.

    Also, I complained a lot because I got a strict doctor who wanted my post meal numbers a lot lower than most people on here.  I wasn't able to get there consistently, so they put me on a small dose of insulin.  That was really tough to hear, but in the end it turned out to be a great thing.  I don't stress as much because it really has helped with my numbers and I can eat more normally than before.  And the insulin injection is super easy and practically painless (less than the finger prick).  I'm just telling you this now in case it comes up later! 

    This is what the dietician told me. With it, I was able to maintain my blood sugar levels. I had initially failed the 1st testing badly enough my ob wanted me to see the endocrinologist without the 3-hour testing. I followed up with the endocrinologist this morning and since my sugar levels the past 2 weeks were good, they aren't putting me on insulin but still want me to check my sugar 4x a day. I go back in 4 weeks.

    With the nutritionist, seeing what I was able to eat, I don't concentrate on what I can't eat now. Aside from the rice. That I have to cut back by A LOT. That and the fruit.

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  • my diet was:

    breakfast - 15 g carbs
    snack - 30 g carbs
    lunch - 45 g carbs
    snack - 15 g carbs
    dinner - 45 g carbs
    bedtime snack - 15 g carbs

    this was my final diet, it got changed twice along the way.

    lots of protein and fiber with each meal.

    good luck, you can do it!

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