What was your GD meal plan like?
April 14, 2007 6:15 PM Subscribe
Looking for other women's experiences with meal plans for Gestational Diabetes? (long, sorry)
posted by Joh to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Short version - I have been diagnosed with possible Gestational Diabetes, but discovered I do not like my dietician's idea of a healthy meal plan. I would like to hear about other's experiences with meal plans for GD, in order to decide whether my experience is typical or not, i.e. whether I should bother switching dieticians.
Long version - I am borderline for GD. My OB thinks I probably do not really have GD, but instead this is a result of the steroids I was prescribed a month or so ago, for my asthma. Regardless of whether this is GD or still the steroids, I need to control my blood sugar. There is no history of diabetes in my family, I was not overweight pre-pregnancy, and I am already 33 weeks pregnant. I have put on 30lbs so far in my pregnancy, and my OB wants me to only put on another 5lbs in my last 7 weeks, in order to keep within the 25-35lbs healthy weight gain range. The baby is not large, in fact at the ultrasound last week the baby's measurements showed up as absolutely average for all dimensions (I have a separate issue that runs a risk of having a small baby, so apparently these two issues are balancing each other out perfectly!) I went to see the dietician last week, and now have a glucometer and a meal plan. I disliked that she was suggesting some items I consider bad eating choices into my menu plan, eg Splenda-sweetened yogurt and pre-packaged "string cheese". These are items I would never normally eat, I try to buy organic, whole foods type items whenever possible. I consider artificial sweeteners to be unnecessarily chemical, and regardless I dislike the taste of them. Secondly, she told me that I was not allowed any sugary foods AT ALL (chocolate, cookies, cake etc). I have been looking on diabetes.org for nutritional info, and was surprised to see that they suggest you can have sugary foods, as long as you work out an appropriate carb exchange. I very much miss having the occasional piece of chocolate, or serving of fruit sorbet etc and would like to work it into my diet every now and then as a treat. Is the no sugary foods EVER rule typical for GD? Since I am already so far into the pregnancy I figure its probably not worth switching dieticians this late, unless anyone has had vastly different experiences with their GD meal plans. I should note that I am perfectly happy to change my diet, and my blood sugar values have all been well under the goal numbers so far. I am not unwilling to go completely without sugary foods, but it would be nice to have them now and again in appropriate amounts!