GD/Weight Gain

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haysmama's picture
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GD/Weight Gain

I've never had gestational diabetes, but I am thinking with my diet lately that I could do well to follow the GD diet, at least somewhat. I think I have seriously gained 18 lbs already. I am trying to make good choices, but I'm just not doing well this go around. Sad Would someone mind posting the recommended GD diet? I'd like to look it over, thinking maybe the guidelines will help me be stricter with myself.

AkMomma07's picture
Joined: 07/04/07
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I am interested in this too!

jgriffith's picture
Joined: 08/20/10
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Me too, I had sugar in my urine at my last appt. if I have it again at the next one I get the 3 hour test early. Ugh. I've never had it before! Hoping it was a fluke.

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I had GD with my 3rd son and was borderline with the next 2. I tend to have big babies although the 2 I did the diet with were my smallest (8lbs 8oz and 8lbs 1 oz compared to 9.5, 9.3(2 weeks early) and 9.6) I ALWAYS fail the 1 hour so I talked to my doc about it at my last appt. She asked if I just wanted to skip the 1 hour and do the 3 hour. I told her not really. She wasn't really concerned about my weight gain (10 lbs at 22 weeks) but she does worry about my history of GD and big babies. She just doesn't want to have to do a c-sec due to baby's size. I asked her if I could go ahead and start the GD diet and she said yes. She told me that I can just check my sugars 4x a day at home for 2 weeks before my next appt and then if they're good, I can just continue to watch my diet and only check my sugars once or twice a day. Since I'm doing this, she's not even having me do the sugar test. I started the diet last week and I'm down 3 lbs and feel really good. I have more energy too. With DS3, I had gained 27 lbs at 27 weeks. after starting the diet, I lost 7lbs and stayed at 20lbs gained until delivery.
The biggest thing with the GD diet is to limit carbs and try to maintain a level blood sugar. You eat breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack, dinner and before bed snack. You ideally want protein every time you eat. Diets are tweaked for each individual but here's what I did/ am doing:

breakfast- 1 serving carbs(15 grams)- slice of low carb toast with peanut butter (may be a little higher than 15g but the dietitian said the pb has so much protein it's fine. You could also have an omelet or a protein bar.

snack- 1 1/2-2 carbs- I usually have a fiber one bar or some light yogurt. I've also done apple slices with peanut butter.

lunch- 2 carbs- some examples are a salad with grilled chicken, hamburger patty with no bun and some veggies, ham and cheese wrap with low carb tortillas.

snack- 1 1/2 carbs)- today I had a cup of strawberries with some light cream cheese dip. You could also have some graham crackers w/ peanut butter or some lunch meat and string cheese.

dinner-3 carbs- tonight I had a BLT w/ low carb bread and some applesauce. Other examples: chicken quesadillas with low carb tortillas and light sour cream, pot roast w/ veggies, chicken salad and a serving of pretzels, chicken Caesar wrap, etc

snack- 1 1/2 carbs- I usually have a protein bar (Target makes really yummy ones!) or a light pudding cup.

These are just examples. You really can have anything but you just have to count the carbs and make sure you're getting a lot of protein. For instance, I can have popcorn, just not much. Ic ould have ONE cookie or a small brownie as a snack. Just make sure you're getting enough calories since by limiting portion size, it can be tricky. I will add extra peanut butter to toast or eat more cheese if I know I need more calories. As with anything, I'd check with your doc about starting any diet beforehand though. Honestly though, I found that the GD diet is a healthy way for me to eat and I found myself continuing with some of the habits after DS was born. Although I have to say I couldn't wait for DH to bring me a big choco chip muffin the day after I delivered! I hope this helps. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions!

haysmama's picture
Joined: 02/23/08
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Thank you Belinda!! It's nice to hear that you have had so much success with it and kept your weight in check and feel good on the diet. Great job! Like I said, I feel like I just need some guidelines to just get started even thinking about what I should eat. I am a concrete thinker so having a set of guidelines helps me to focus. I find myself just eating whatever I feel like, good or bad. And I know most of the time I feel like carbs and I am lacking energy a lot and as I mentioned, packing on the pounds! I am going to pay more attention to carbs and try some of your snack ideas!

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Joined: 08/20/10
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Thanks for the info! I would like to add more protein to my diet as well. I failed the 1hr test with my second and third pregnancies. I went straight to the 3hr last time and passed. I have big babies too. Only my son was under nine pounds. We'll see how my next appt goes!

Joined: 07/07/08
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I had GD with my DS but not my DD. With my DD I followed the GD diet right away and it worked great. My Dr gave me simliar guidelines as Belinda said, around 25 to 35g of carbs per meal and to try for less than that for snacks. I had a limit of carbs per day but I can't remember what it is now.

With this LO they check my sugar at every appointment and it's been great so far. I hope to keep it that way for the rest of the time.

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