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Since I have gestational diabetes, should I change what I eat after I deliver my baby?

Since I have gestational diabetes, should I change what I eat after I deliver my baby?

Best to change now: It is probably most important for your baby for you to be most attentive to your diet now rather than waiting til after your baby is born. The environment in utero is very important to your baby and if your blood sugar levels are constantly high, your baby can be at risk for a number of conditions that can affect him or her at birth and thereafter. Talk with your OB on a recommended diet for now. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Carson
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Diabetes Onset During Pregnancy (Definition)

Gestation diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. This develops when pregnancy hormones change a patient's metabolism so that they can not regulate their blood sugar. A patient with GDM will have to go on a low sugar and low carb diet and monitor blood sugars very carefully. Sometimes they will require medications. There is a 30% chance ...Read more


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I wanted to know when you have gestational diabetes what is the best thing to eat first thing in morning?

I wanted to know when you have gestational diabetes what is the best thing to eat first thing in morning?

Breakfast: Don't rely on the internet for this important information. Visit your doctor and a good registered dietitian to learn about your entire dietary regimen, not just one small part of it. ...Read more

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Are bananas okay to eat with gestational diabetes?

Are bananas okay to eat with gestational diabetes?

Bananas ; pregnancy: Bananas are fine to eat in patients with gestational diabetes as long as you are counting the carbohydrate component in your diet. ...Read more

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Are bananas safe to eat if you have gestational diabetes?

Are bananas safe to eat if you have gestational diabetes?

Yes: "carbs" are ok, and fruits often have sugars in them. The important issue is that you wok with a dietician and eat a balanced diet. The sugars and carbs are not "bad", and in fact, are important. However, too many carbs is bad. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to eat calamari with gestational diabetes?

Is it possible for me to eat calamari with gestational diabetes?

I think so: From a diabetes standpoint you can have calamari, but i'm honestly not sure if there are restrictions because of the pregnancy ( like tuna). ...Read more

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Am I more likely to get gestational diabetes if I eat a lot of meat?

Am I more likely to get gestational diabetes if I eat a lot of meat?

No: You are more likely to get it only if you eat so much meat that you are gaining an excessive/abnormal amount of weight (leading to obesity). ...Read more

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What can I eat after I deliver my baby if I have gestational diabetes?

What can I eat after I deliver my baby if I have gestational diabetes?

Balanced diet: By definition, gestational diabetes is present only during pregnancy. After delivery, your diabetes should resolve. That being said, you should still continue to eat a well-balanced diet as you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes later life. ...Read more

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Are pomegranates safe to eat if you have gestational diabetes?

Are pomegranates safe to eat if you have gestational diabetes?

Pomegranates: Pomegranates are a healthy, low calorie, high-antioxidant-power fruit. It's a nice add-in to an otherwise healthy diet for gestational diabetes or otherwise. ...Read more

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Can i eat cashew nuts in gestational diabetes?

Can i eat cashew nuts in gestational diabetes?

Yes: Tree nuts, like cashews, are great sources of healthy oil, protein and calcium. All of those are nutrients you need right now. They do not raise blood sugar levels and blunt to blood sugar raising effects of other foods. People who eat nuts are, on average 10 lbs lighter than other people. ...Read more

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If i have gestational diabetes can i still eat ice cream?

If i have gestational diabetes can i still eat ice cream?

A little is OK: There are no foods that are forbidden in diabetes, but the portion size matters. Your doctor likely placed you on a restricted carbs diet. A small amount of ice cream is fine as long as you keep a careful eye on your daily carb count. More info: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/gestational/how-to-treat-gestational.html ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat beef chorizo (well done of course) with eggs if I have gestational diabetes?

Is it okay to eat beef chorizo (well done of course) with eggs if I have gestational diabetes?

Sounds great! : Eggs and chorizo are great sources of protein. The fat content will be a little high so be aware and don't eat it every day. ...Read more

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Hi I had gestational diabetes and the nutritionist gave a list of food ideas. I don't eat like that. What can I do?

Hi I had gestational diabetes and the nutritionist gave a list of food ideas. I don't eat like that. What can I do?

Become more active: You will likely have the same problem with each pregnancy, so in between increase your aerobic activity level and loose weight if possible. Meet with the dietitian to discuss your specific dietary concerns - unless you really just want to eat lousy foods there are usually healthy alternatives. Otherwise you;ll have to take pills or use Insulin shots. ...Read more

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I'm under a diet plan for gestational diabetes and i get hungry sooner than my next snack/meal. Should i eat something or should I wait?

I'm under a diet plan for gestational diabetes and i get hungry sooner than my next snack/meal. Should i eat something or should I wait?

Consult your DR: Your dietician, ob, or endocrinologist will work with you to select the best foods. Exercise is crucial. You will learn to eat what you need at the times you need food. ...Read more

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32wks pregnant w/ gestational diabetes.control w/diet.last 2days eat too much carbs got high reading(124,153..)2x a day.did it put baby at risk?

32wks pregnant w/ gestational diabetes.control w/diet.last 2days eat too much carbs got high reading(124,153..)2x a day.did it put baby at risk?

Yes: It is imperative that you stay on your diet as the baby's risk for Macrosomia(too large baby weight) is dependent upon your diets' compliance or not. When the baby is too large then there is a rash of vaginal delivery complications and inherent risks to the baby's health in general. ...Read more

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I have gestational diabetes and it's at 61 fasting so i eat a sugary treat to get it back up how long should I wait to take my blood sugar again?

I have gestational diabetes and it's at 61 fasting so i eat a sugary treat to get it back up how long should I wait to take my blood sugar again?

One hour: The low blood sugar is a signal that you need to change your way of eating because a sugary treat will cause your blood sugar to continue to bounce. Eat six equal meals with lots of vegetables and avoid sugar, fruit juices, sweet fruits, and processed grains. Relax fora few minutes and do light exercise for 10 minutes if possible after each meal. In a few weeks you will feel much better. ...Read more

Dr. Alison Stuebe
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Gestational Diabetes (Definition)

Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant. Prior to becoming pregant the woman was not diabetic and once the woman delivers the baby the diabetes goes away, although she has a higher chance of getting non-insulin-dependent diabetes in the future. With gestational diabetes, hormones from the pregnancy ...Read more


Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more