top of page
  • Edy McClure

How to Cope With Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes is common, but there are ways of navigating it to keep blood glucose levels within a normal range. The following guidelines are to be used along with a customized meal plan in order to sustain normal fetal growth and development.

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is the third classification of diabetes and is diagnosed after drinking a syrup (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test) around 24-28 weeks gestation. This glucose load from the drink tests a woman’s clearance of ingested carbohydrates and it simulates a meal.

Complications of GDM include:

  • a large baby (excess of 10 lbs.)

  • childhood obesity

  • diabetes for the infant

  • future diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes for the mother

Guidelines for Navigating Gestational Diabetes

The following guidelines are to be used along with a customized meal plan in order to keep blood glucose levels within a normal range (70-140mg/dl). The meal plan is very important to follow for normal fetal growth and development.

  • Eat 5-6 smaller meals per day. Include a fiber-rich food at each meal or snack (whole grains, fresh or frozen vegetables or fruit, beans, nuts, and cereals).

  • Learn how to count grams of carbohydrates at all meals and snacks.

  • Drink NO juice (even 100% juice), juice drinks, sports beverages, or any sugar/fruit-sweetened beverages. Only sugar-free beverages are permitted.

  • Limit fresh or frozen fruit to 2 servings per day.

  • Eat ALL meals and snacks with a protein or fat food group (e.g. olives, cheese, yogurt, milk, or meat).

  • Avoid ALL concentrated sources of sugar (cakes, cookies, pies, candy, and ice cream).

  • Limit caffeinated beverages to 1-2 8-ounce cups per day. Avoid flavored coffee, unless sugar-free.

  • NO alcoholic beverages

3 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
bottom of page