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A 48-year-old member asked:

What should i expect my diet to be while i have gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Balanced: You'll be referred to a dietician to review the types of food and how much. You should avoid simple carbohydrates such as desserts and white flour. Brown grains are much better at helping avoid spikes in the blood sugar. You still need "carbs", just balance them with protein and fats.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Lo carb, no sugar: Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse. . Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. A lo carb, no sugar diet is effective for many women.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Which type of diet is for gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Nutritionist: Most of the obstetricians I have worked with referred women with gestational diabetes to a class on the subject or to work with a nutritionist. I think this is quiet important. Frankly, it would be difficulty to teach the concepts of eating with diabetes in 400 words or less.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is a healthy diet if you have gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
One That's Balanced: Carbs are necessary, but too much of anything isn't good. Work with a dietician to find out how to eat a diet that balances the correct amount of carbs (brown wheat/grains are better because they will not increase the blood sugar as much as white), proteins and fat. Avoid simple sugars (ice cream, sugar etc.) and white flour when possible.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are some diet recommendations for someone with gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Small portions: You need to have an honest, realistic assessment of your calorie needs per day which is generally too much. It is based on your prepregnancy height and weight. You need to eat unprocessed food. Make your food yourself. You need to eat a tremendous amount of vegetables of all sorts. The bulk of your plate should be filled with vegetables. Eat a lot of fish for your protein source.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What kind of diet is best for preventing gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Well balanced: The american diabetes association recommends a diet that is well-balanced. But the main issue is not gaining too much weight during pregnancy. Make sure to monitor your weight with your ob, gaining as deemed individually appropriate. The heavier you were when you got pregnant, the less weight you may need to gain during the pregnancy.

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