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Managing Gestational Diabetes risk with nutrition in early pregnancy?

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I have PCOS and was on metformin to restore my cycle until my MD confirmed the pregnancy.  Now I am no longer on it, and know that I am at an increased risk of gestational diabetes because of the PCOS, as well as the fact that I am overweight, not exercising and have a genetic predisposition to it. 

 

I'm 8.5 weeks in right now, and still pretty nauseous, but one of the things that I am really eating to help me manage that is fruit.  I love mangos, strawberries, blueberries, pears, pineapple....  In addition, I'm drinking 8 oz of cranberry juice to reduce risks of UTIs etc.  

And embarassingly, when I feel really nauseous, I will reach for my husband's cereal or my granola, which is high in fat and sugar.

 

Does anyone have good resources for GD management and going sugar-free?

post #2 of 5

Drinking Nettle infusion is both good for iron levels and for controlling blood sugar during pregnancy. Read Aviva Jill Romm's The Natural Pregnancy Book for other tips, too. 

 

Good luck and stay healthy.

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I don't know a lot about it, but I would venture a guess that you don't need to worry too much during the first tri when you're feeling so sick.  I would eat whatever you can.  Once you start feeling better, then I would watch your diet more rigorously.  I would also suggest x-posting this in the "I'm Pregnant" forum for more answers.

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I had GD with my first baby, so with my second I went a bit overboard and basically followed the South Beach Diet Phase 2 for the first two trimesters. I avoided GD completely, but then I also didn't gain much weight at all in the first two trimesters either. I'm now pregnant with #3 and trying to remember very hard what the South Beach Diet actually is ;) I'm craving meat and no sweet things at all, so I think I'm safe for a while!

 

After all that, I think part of the difference was possibly that I was 7 lbs heavier when pregnant the first time. I'm only 5ft, so that's a pretty big difference for me!


Edited by smallbrit - 4/11/11 at 4:00pm
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How do you cross post to the "I'm Pregnant" forum? 

 

Thanks everyone for the advice!

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