I’m just wondering how others control their gestational diabetes. Thanks

Posted anonymously, 13th June 2014

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  • Bulk out every meal with vegetables. Always watch your portion control. Cut out excess sugar, none on cereal, in coffee or tea, no sweetened sodas.

    If you ‘need’ cola, Caffeine-free Diet Coke is perfect.

    Don’t eat yoghurt with fruit or flavouring in it. Go for unflavoured greek or plain (not vanilla, actual plain).

    Exchange sweet cereals for 2 weetbix and milk with banana plus 1 slice wholegrain toast with a tiny bit of butter and a little vegemite for breakfast.

    Eat avocado daily. Cut down processed foods.

    Eat as clean as you can.

    Limit fruits to 2 pieces per day.
    No cordial, alcohol, white bread, milkshakes (unless home-made with skim milk and no added sugar),, etc.

    Limit cakes and sweets to once per week and halve your portion sizes.

    Try green smoothies with baby spinach, banana, skim milk, a dash of vanilla, a tsp honey, 1tbsp wheat-germ and 1/4 avocado if you don’t like greens. You’ll mostly taste the banana, honey, vanilla, and a slightly nutty flavour from the avo.

    Best of luck, I hope this helps.

  • Make sure you go and see a Dietitian and a Diabetes Educator their advice is invaluable.

  • that must be so tough to deal with that

  • Low GI diet is most important!

  • eat all your portions in moderation and if you eat a mid-gi food option with a low gi option it reduces the overall gi of the meal. I found it hardest when I was out to find options – my nutritionist advised me if I felt I had to get a burger or something fatty like that then don’t get the chips to go with it. there is heaps of websites online now that have low gi recipes and gi level counters online so you can check the gi level in specific products.

  • low gi diet, regular strolls around the town. Constant finger pricking to check levels 2 hours afet eating – I soon learnt what would put my levels up and what wouldn’t

  • i was doing diet at the start, after about 1 month, i had to do exercise as well, but it got really hot( december), at the last month, i started to take one tablet a day to control it. I think it’s good to do diet control and exercise. it’s good for afterbirth body shape recover as well.

  • I was lucky enough to control mine with diet alone, no medication. When I was diagnosed my doctor organised a meeting with a dietician and after that I really played by the rules. I still had to constantly monitor my blood sugar levels but once I payed attention to the right food to eat at the right time, I had no problems. Its not just about avoiding sugar but about having the right carbs at the right time. I thought I would have to avoid the carbs but no it is an essential part of controlling sugar levels. See your doc and ask to see a dietician.

  • I personally don’t know, but a friend at work has this type of diabetes and really looks after himself by eating well, exercising, and making sure he gets his eyes checked regularly. Goodluck and I hope you find some answers.

  • Chromium tablets from the naturopath and I ate fresh coconut daily and my glucose levels lowered significantly.

  • Diet and exercise, I walk at least every second day do yoga, swim. And smaller portion sizes, I have had the occasional treat, a row of 70% dark chocolate last night and my bgl’s have been perfect. Plus I’m lost a little but of weight (still healthy baby)

  • Mine was all controlled by diet and 30 mins of walking each day. Making sure I stuck to portion size for pasta and by eating the right bread. Instead of having 2 plain sandwiches for lunch, just to have 1 but with more salad fillings. Cut chocolate and chips mostly out of my diet but not fully. You still need to enjoy some food lol My hubby lost 5 kgs while I had it as his eating habits changed too.

  • My niece was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, and she was fortunate to be able to control it with diet and exercise. But everyone is different, so if you have GD, make sure you have a referral to a dietician who can help you. Pregnancy is hard enough, without having any complications from GD that isn’t treated appropriately for the individual woman.

  • I found walking and swimming helped me. Lots of small meals and talking to a dietician and Diabetes educator at the hospital helped. I was healthier during my GD pregnancy than my other two pregnancies once I worked out what I could and couldn’t eat.

  • Badly I’m afraid.

    I’m somewhat number obsessed and when those nurses gave me the challenge I did whatever it took to keep my numbers under the magic mark.
    Sadly this meant a cup of sugarless tea, one weetbix with milk and an orange for breakfast, one slice of whole grain bread, some lite ham and tomato for lunch and steamed chicken or fish with broccoli and carrot for dinner.

    If it sounds like I wasn’t eating much you are correct.

    I lost weight and it got harder to control those numbers.
    I started my pregnancy at 64kg. Was diagnosed at 28 weeks. Those last 10 weeks I dropped a kilo a week (having not gained any weight at all) 6 weeks after giving birth I had my first gall bladder attack and it was removed a few weeks later and I was still losing weight. Baby was baptised at 3 months of age and that’s when my weight loss levelled out at 43kg. Baby was never chubby, looked like skin and bone at birth , even now at 8 years he is slim with no visible fat deposits.

    Sounds pretty unhealthy huh? I was in the public system and every appointment I mentioned the weightloss, the utter lack of energy I was experiencing, and shared my food journals… “You’re doing fine” was all they’d say.

    I have no hesitation that the way my health was managed /mismanaged during my pregnancy had a contributing effect to my depression following Tim’s birth, and my physical health and well being during pregnancy and afterwards.

    If I could chat with any woman with GD I would advise her to be a stronger advocate for herself… If you have to starve yourself to stay under a certain level, and are losing weight where there was no weight problem then you need to be making sure that the midwives and doctors are hearing your concerns and considering insulin therapy. Losing organs due to rapid weightloss is not reasonable, the undue stress of wondering if you can have another mouthful of healthy food is not reasonable,

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