Have you been diagnosed with gestational diabetes? I can promise you it is not the end of the world. Keep reading to find out how I beat gestational diabetes and had a healthy 6lb 9oz baby girl.
I had a lot of complications, twists, and unexpected events happen during my pregnancy. Most of them were beyond my control and there was nothing I could do to prevent it. But, when my doctor told me that I had gestational diabetes, I was hopeful for once. I knew that this was something I could control. Luckily, the my glucose levels were mild enough in the beginning that I did not have to resort to medication straight away.
So, I met with the dietitian and the nutritionist and made a plan. They wanted me to stay below 90 fasting, and below 140 after meals. **These numbers are pretty standard, but make sure you follow your doctors parameters.** As an RN myself, I was already aware of what steps to take to maintain an optimal blood sugar level.
So what is the secret? CARBOHYDRATES!! Or the lack thereof.
Follow this link from the American Diabetes Association to read more about what foods are high in carbohydrates that you should avoid, or at least consume in moderation.
Of course you should avoid the obvious foods that are high in sugar, but most people do not realize that it is the carbohydrates that will get you. And most foods that are high in sugar are also high in carbohydrates, which is a double whammy!
The best advice I can give is to download this app – MyNetDiary. I have an iPhone but it is available for all platforms. There is also a website you can use, linked here.
Here is an example of one of my days. For my own purposes, I was not really tracking calorie intake, only carbohydrates and protein intake. The app does track all three, and much more. If I click on a meal (breakfast), it lists all of the foods I had that morning and the nutritional information for each item.
The free version of this app was all I needed, but there is a premium upgrade if you are interested.
REASONS WHY I LOVE THIS APP:
- Track your food with an extensive online food databank that will give you the nutritional information you need to track your diet and make good choices.
- It features a weight loss plan to keep you on track if weight loss is your goal.
- Track your steps, exercise, and other activity if you have a tracking device to sync such as an Apple Watch or Fitbit. If you don’t have a device to sync, you can also search an activity and enter the amount of time you did the activity to get your calories burned. It will even subtract it from your daily calorie intake.
- Get access to online dietician tips and advice.
- Diabetes tracking (premium feature). I used the “notes” feature to keep up with my blood glucose levels, but there is a way to enter and track them with the premium version.