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@Lotus_2008 I didn’t have a traditional baby shower with DD but some friends threw a swanky little cocktail party in honor of us and the upcoming baby, and as a thank you I picked up the bill for a fancy dinner we went to later. @drewsdarlin I’m sorry to hear about your GD diagnosis. I was spared for this pregnancy but I had it last time and was OBSESSIVE about it so if you have any questions I’m happy to answer in this thread! As more ppl start getting diagnosed in the next couple of weeks there will probably be a weekly/monthly GD support thread on the forum. Since I don’t have it this time I think it may be inappropriate for me to start it (I was very sensitive last time to anyone without GD giving any opinion like HOW DARE YOU), but if it would be helpful for me to do so as a “GD veteran” I’m happy to kick off the thread.
@drewsdarlin - How did you receive your diagnosis? Did your practice send you to a class or anything? I had to attend a class that was at least 3 hours last time to give me specifics on exactly how many carbs I PERSONALLY should have based on on my weight and size and then we learned how to maintain good numbers. I don't know if I could have done it without that class, which was held at our local hospital.
@drewsdarlin I'm a FTM, so no personal experience; I actually have my test this week, but to echo what @peachy0709 mentioned, my hospital will refer you to a dietitian to discuss how to meal plan/what to eat/etc. since it can be very individualized. Maybe talk with you OB about resources that are available.
@drewsdarlin I was just going to say what @peachy0709 mentioned, that ideally your doctor set you up with a class and a dietician appointment! That is a huge resource! In my case they didn't really tailor my carb level personally, but rather they have specific standards across the whole practice (under 90 for fasting, under 130 one hour post meals; three meals a day and two snacks, all with suggested carb intake levels). They should give you a pamphlet with detailed info on how many carbs each serving of particular foods contains. It feels like a lot of info at first but then you fall into a routine and really get used to it!If you're looking for random inspiration though, some tips:-No dairy or fruit for breakfast, at all, because your hormones make you especially sensitive in the morning. I was really bummed to give up my morning cow-milk lattes. I used coconut milk instead (almond milk also works, I just don't like it). Other than that, I never drank anything other than water. I had LaCroix when I wanted a treat, which has zero carbs. My breakfasts were normally coconut milk latte, a slice or two of double fiber whole wheat toast (anything over 4ish grams of fiber in a serving gets subtracted from the carb count, so if you're going to try to eat any bread make sure it's super high in fiber), and then either a hardboiled egg or two chopped on it, or a couple of TBs of peanut butter. I don't like breakfast meats but a lot of people with GD have that too. -Pro-tip if you drink like 24 oz of water during a meal and then chug 24-48 oz immediately after while you're waiting to take your post-meal reading, it will REALLY help lower your numbers because the water will help flush out the extra glucose. You will feel like you're about to float away like a balloon with all the water, but it's worth it. -I'd make big batches of carb-friendly stuff and combine them for meals: e.g., hardboiled eggs, taco meat, roasted cauliflower or broccoli, farro (that was the carb that worked best for me: no pasta or rice), lots of different nice cheeses, and always big bags of baby kale. I'd make quesadillas with whole wheat or low carb tortillas, or "bowls" with 1/4-1/2 c of the farro, or just veggies with melted cheese on top as a no-carb snack. -Since between pregnancy and GD my diet was really restricted, I treated myself once a week to a nice steak dinner with GD friendly sides. And once a week a roasted chicken dinner. -I snacked on A LOT of almonds. Almonds all day long. The crunch is satisfying, and they're fatty so they're really filling. Unless you have another reason for a low calorie diet, you don't really have to worry about fat content with GD because fat and proteins help to counteract the carb loads, so I was like TREAT YOURSELF and ate all sorts of full fat things like cheeses and Greek yogurt and nuts. -For a sweet snack/treat, these Kashi chocolate-coconut bars were my go-to. They served them at my GD training class so they were very much doctor approved!I'm not a reddit person at all but in Googling random stuff I found that the gestational diabetes subreddit was a great place to lurk for tips and support.
@cato99 Thank you for the suggestions for a GD diet! I've been on the GD diet now for a week, so your suggestions will help a lot!
@drewsdarlin I don't have a GD diagnosis (my test isn't until next Thursday), but on the plain water issue - could you try adding a few slices of lemon and/or some berries to water? I found myself getting tired of plain water trying to drink a gallon a day, but adding some citrus fruit or berries (low sugar fruits) to it in the afternoon made it more enjoyable.