Recipes for Gestational Diabetes

Theresa - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and am looking for recipes to use as part of my gestational diabetes diet. I've seen the dietitian, Fact is these nutritionaists weren't much help.

See I have also been diagnosed with a type of gingivitis called trench mouth and I have a yeast infection all at the same time, believe me it is no fun.

My problem is that because of the gingivitis I have a hard time eating solids and I need to make sure I am not feeding the yeast infection but I also have to watch my sugar levels, the other thing is that I have always have trouble digesting meat, dairy, and grains or pastas.

I have no trouble eating little things throughout the day but it is having the energy to stand long enough to cook since I am 36 weeks pregnant and tired all the time.

So while my Fiance is at work from 7 to 4 what can I eat while dealing with gestational diabetes?

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Cathralynn - posted on 08/27/2009

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Your biggest issue is just with hormones. Since its gestational your diabetes is due to pregnancy hormones which are highest in the morning and lessen thru the day. I was diagnosed at 10 weeks, since I have a family member with diabetes. So my biggest rules were no milk or fruits etc before lunch. When you have carbs try to make them whole grain, no rice or white bread. And always match carbs with a protein, eggs, cheese, nuts, or meat. I brought microwavable bacon and ham as well as whole grain frozen waffles, just one, to work since I work the morning shift. Plain oatmeal with cinnamon or artificial sweeteners worked too. As the day went on you can take more risks. I'd get meat or veggie pizza with a thin crust or tacos with corn shells or nachos with lots of toppings. Fats altho not healthy were my allowed weakness. I added cheese, quacamole, ranch dressing to everything! Plus since this was a BIG change to my diet I started losing weight and was constantly told to eat more. Figured I don't get milkshakes why not! You have the right idea with frequent small meals. I always had nuts or cheese and crackers with me. By the end of the day I would allow myself to slack. I could have a bowl of cherrios and milk or no sugar added ice cream. Right before bed is best cause your hormones are lowest plus you need enough sugar to get you thru the night fasting. Diet rootbeer and no sugar added vanilla floats are amazing when you suddenly cut all sweets! I reaaly don't know what to advise for your particular diet. Proteins and carbs are most important. You have to have carbs to keep going energy wise and so you have to match proteins to keep your sugars lower. What were you eating before? Maybe we can help advise on substitutes. I'd call the dietitian and see if you can get some sort of individual consultation specific to your issues. Be optomistic, you only have a couple months left max. I had my daughter at 36weeks and six days!

Jessica - posted on 08/27/2009

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Poor you I know what you are going trow, I had gestanial diabetes when I was only 20 weeks pregnant so I had to control my diabetes very closely if I didn't want to start taking medication. So here was my diet for a day I had to eat every 2 hours so it was easier to digest and for my body to absorb the sugar.



First thing in the morning

- 1 toast peannut butter Or 1 egg with a taost

2 hours later

- 1 bowl of cereal (no sugar) I used to like Cherios the plain ones

2hours later

Lunch ex. Salad with a sandwich

2hours later

Crakers with Chesse (Alegro is the best) its only 4% fat and easy to digest

2hours later

Small supper EX: chicken and veggies

2 hours later before going to bed

1 toast with peannut butter or a boal of cereal.



My dietitian told me I could eat any Green veggies all day long if I wanted to, No CARROT or other colorful veggies or fruit they have to much sugar even if it's natural sugar. You can have milk if you like but in small quantities 1/2 cup at a time for a total of 2 cups a day. If you take only 1/2 cup at a time it will make it easier for you to digest. If you eat ofthen (every 2 hours) and have small portion of food you will be able to control your diabetes and you will feel better also. I had to fallow this regime for 10 weeks PREGANT it's not easy but you can do it. it's really for the baby if you think of it.



For you Trench mouth, My baby (Julia) had it when she was about 3 weeks old and I had to clean her mouth everytime after she drank with a face clothe... But I heard that if you put a bit of yeast infection cream on your face clothe when you clean you mouth it works wonders... We were told this by a nurse... Don't swallow the stuff... so put in on your yeast infection when you don't drink or eat.



I hope, I was able to help you .

let me know if you need more info

Love you... XXXX

Take good care of my niece for me.

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Marissa - posted on 08/30/2009

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I have gestational diabetes. I completely cut out pasta, rice and most bread because they are high in carbohydrates which turn into sugar. I also do not drink milk, because it has a high sugar content. I stick to protein in eggs, chicken, meat and fish. Veggies and some fruit. Now I boil my veggies. My teeth hurt too so I have to eat them soft. In terms of meats, I just make sure not too overcook it, because it does tend to become tough to chew. I cut things up in small pieces so my chewing is minimal. Fruit I eat sparingly, because too much of it can cause your blood sugar to rise too high. In between meals I so simple snacks like cheese, crackers and Boost has a glucose control drink I take for a snack sometimes, especially if I am on the go. My advice, keep it simple. Drink lots of water too. I hope this helps.

Marjorie - posted on 08/28/2009

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My daughter has also been diagnose with gestational diabetes, and her baby is due around the latter part of September, but no later than October 01. She was diagnose around 5 - 6 months into her pregnancy. She was put on a strict eating regiment, (from a Dietitian) which she follows to the letter & everything has been going well for her. Although she has never been a lover of sweets, she did have cravings for them during her earlier part of her pregnancy and also for fruit, which is allowed (like watermelon), but only certain kinds fruit and at certain hours of the day. Another definite no no if you love pasta, is to only eat whole wheat pastas, and whole wheat breads. Anything else will send your blood sugar up sky high!



I suggest that you talk to your Dietitian and if she or he haven't done so already, they will be discussing with you what you can eat, the amounts, & very importantly, what time of the day you can eat certain things. This is important as well. They should be giving you menu planning ideas, which we received as well.



Its a learning process, but a very good one. We're all pretty amazed how much carbs and sugar are in processed foods, & this has taught us to be more aware of reading food labels, & to eat better. You can find a lot of recipes for Gestational Diabetes on the Food Network, which is what we did and they're all very tasty!



I hope this has helped you. Good luck, its hard at times, but it can be done!

Rebecca - posted on 08/28/2009

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You also need to count the carbs you eat as this is the sugar you need to watch, i had gestational diabetes and managed to keep it diet controlled with carefull monitoring all the way through my pregnancy, they should of given you a dairy to fill in and also a leaflet with some meal ideas, also make sure that when your little one is born they are put straight on your breast or bottle as my little one was diagnosed with low sugars and had to be cup fed to top her up. Good luck x

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Liz - posted on 09/01/2009

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I would strongly recommend a probiotic supplement. This contains the same bacteria as yogurt but much more so it helps your digestive track as well as reducing (if not eliminating) yeast infections. Most vitamin or supplement stores have it. You should definitely price multiple stores because prices vary.

Lisa - posted on 08/31/2009

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Do you like hummus? There are all differnt types and are great with veggies and you can eat as many as you want. there is no limit on veggies. avocado (guacamole), eggs, brown rice...I did a lot of stir-fry's. you can make your own veggie soups as well. hope this helps a little! good luck! your baby is almost here! you can do anything for a few more weeks!

Rosemary - posted on 08/28/2009

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A rule of thumb that is helpful, if you eat a carb ( approx 15 gm), then pair 1 protein with it(9gm), like packet of crackers and 1 - 2 Tb peanut butter, or any protein spread (hummus, cheese slices) or eat 1 protein serving of almonds, etc.
It is important to keep your blood sugars level. Follow a plan from a dietician, but a breakfast, 12A snack, lunch 3p snack, dinner, bedtime snack, of course staying within your dr's recommended calories.

Shivani - posted on 08/28/2009

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You can eat Tofu, it's a great source of protien and a replacement for meat. Also is very versatile and you can cook it in so many different ways. See a dietician to give you a meal plan that tells you how many carbs are in a helping of yougurt etc. That is what I did, I had gest diab too and gave birth to a healthy baby.

Christine - posted on 08/28/2009

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Good luck. I would recommend eating a lot of eggs. Eggs can be used in a variety of recipes. You don't need to add the sugary toppings to these recipes, you can eat them with a blended fruit on the side. You can put canned fruit (like peaches canned in it's own juices not syrup) into a blender. They also keep pretty well so your fiance could make them before going to work and you could warm the egg "pancake" in the microwave.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/German-Baby...
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Basic-Crepe...

There are also a number of recipes for souffles. Pick a souffle recipe with no sugar in it:
http://allrecipes.com/Search/Recipes.asp...
These also keep well in the refrigerator and can be warmed in the microwave before eating.

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The diet that's closest to the one recommended for gestational diabetes is the South Beach diet. I would recommend looking up some recipes that are compliant w/ that diet. There are a bunch of websites that deal specifically with South Beach recipes, plus many of the larger recipe databases like www.allrecipes.com have South Beach-compliant recipe banks. I would try those first since it's probably the simplest solution for you.


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recipes for gestational diabetes?

I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and have seen the dietitian, Fact is they weren't much help.

See I have also been diagnosed with a type of gingivitis called trench mouth and I have a yeast infection all at the same time, believe me it is no fun.

My problem is that because of the gingivitis I have a hard time eating solids and I need to make sure I am not feeding the yeast infection but I also have to watch my sugar levels, the other thing is that I have always have trouble digesting meat, dairy and grains or pastas.

I have no trouble eating little things throughout the day but it is having the energy to stand long enough to cook since I am 36 weeks pregnant and tired all the time.

So while my Fiance is at work from 7 to 4 what can I eat?


 

Judy - posted on 08/27/2009

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For the trench mouth - see a dentist. They have a great rinse that helped mine. I am a type 2 diabetic and have been for years. When your sugars are up you will be very tired. I finally figured that one out all on my own. Get a calorie counting book that also counts your carbs. The lower the carbs the lower your sugar. Count your carbs and it will also control the yeast in your body (because carbs feed it). The best veggie I have found is green beans (only 4 grams of carbs per serving) so you can eat about a can of them without your sugars going up. Fresh is better but not as soft. Small meals every few hours will keep your sugar levels at a more even count. You won't go up and down as much and won't be as tired. Good Luck. If not you can try diet puddings, diet jello, or just plain water and a rinse your mouth with salt water.

Racheal - posted on 08/27/2009

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I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes at 14 weeks and have since been diagnosed with type 1 I had to make some fairly big changes to my diet, The biggest lesson I have learnt is to watch your carb intake, 15g is a serve and you should only have about 3-4 serves per main meal and maybe 1-2 in snacks. Check the back of food packages and just make sure you don't get foods with high carbs per serve. For recipes, I have found in all the books I have been given or purchased the recipes are much the same as normal ones they just show how many serves you should get and the carbs that are in them. Maybe just Google Recipes for Gestational Diabetes and see what you can get from there. Remember you don't have to cut out everything you love, you just have to watch your portion size. I am also taking some mineral supplements and hormone balancers that have deffentialy helped.

Hope this helps and If I can help you further please let me know :)

Take care xxx

Stacey - posted on 08/27/2009

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You could set up a cooler with water, diet jello, diet pudding until your mouth heals. Turkey if you can tolerate it. Cold veggies maybe tuna if that agrees with you. Good Luck.

Racheal - posted on 08/27/2009

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I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes at 14 weeks and have since been diagnosed with type 1 I had to make some fairly big changes to my diet, The biggest lesson I have learnt is to watch your carb intake, 15g is a serve and you should only have about 3-4 serves per main meal and maybe 1-2 in snacks. Check the back of food packages and just make sure you don't get foods with high carbs per serve. For recipes, I have found in all the books I have been given or purchased the recipes are much the same as normal ones they just show how many serves you should get and the carbs that are in them. Maybe just Google Recipes for Gestational Diabetes and see what you can get from there. Remember you don't have to cut out everything you love, you just have to watch your portion size. I am also taking some mineral supplements and hormone balancers that have deffentialy helped.

Hope this helps and If I can help you further please let me know :)

Take care xxx

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