Originally Posted by Thandiwe
I am about to begin a GD diet, but I honestly have no clue what that means. That's why I'm here. I need to learn as much about this as I can. My midwife and I believe I may have had undx GD last time (babe was 11 pounds 3 ounces despite a mere 17 pound weight gain. This time I'm preparing for it. I'm actually wondering if I have early signs. With my last pg, I had insanely severe nausea and this time it's beginning again. I'm finding if I can force down food more frequently it makes it better, but unfortunately it's been a lot of carbs. As I'm learning, that's a no-no.
I'm kind of lost and hoping (with a little sleep) I may be able to learn more over the next few days.
Sorry about the nausea and the concern about the diet. Do try to start home monitoring -- most protocols require testing 4 times a day -- upon awaking (fasting), and then 2 hours after each main meal of the day. Your midwife can probably give you the target numbers. I tested early on, but not every day once I knew that I was in the normal ranges. I test once a week until it's obvious that I need more monitoring.
You may find that your numbers are fine for now -- most women with GD develop insulin resistance later in the pregnancy (late 2nd or early 3rd trimester). I've had it with all three pregnancies, but my glucose levels were fine for the first 20 weeks or so even this time around, so I was able to control my early nausea by eating what sounded good. Now that I'm having more insulin resistance I'm also not feeling nauseous, so my diet is easier to control.
I agree with the above poster -- go for low-fat, high quality protein at every meal and snack, lots of veggies, and experiment to see how many carb-rich foods you can tolerate at various times of day. (For me, this is really not a lot and I have to avoid "white" foods like bread, rice, and potatoes. Whole grains are better but still I can't eat large amounts.)
I like sweet foods, so I try to satisfy that craving by having fruit or very small dessert portions (ice cream is good because the fat slows digestion) once in a while, trading them out for a regular carb at that meal. This has worked well for me so far and both of my prior babies were not too large (under 9 lb).
Good luck and hope you feel better soon.