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I have a quick question for anyone familiar w veganism and GD. I prefer to eat vegan but am not "a vegan." For me it is strictly a taste preference. I was borderline GD w my last pregnancy, and being older this time around decided to switch to a low carb diet that included meat around the 2nd trimester. Despite barely gaining weight and eating under 100 carbs a day I was dxed w GD anyway.

So, since that obviously didn't do any good, I'd prefer to go back to no meat/ dairy but am confused about the diet restrictions of GD.

The diet plans I've looked at allow up to ~200 carbs a day but only 2 servings of fruit. Is it ok for me to eat more than 2 servings of fruit as long as I stay within the allowed carb number per meal/ day? Especially since I won't be drinking milk or eating cheese (the diets allow ~50 carbs in dairy). When I mentioned fruit to the midwife she made it sound like the 2 serving limit is set in stone.

I've been testing my glucose levels and fruit only seems to cause a problem for me in the morning (levels up to but not over 130) but not the rest of the day.

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It's not a set in stone rule. I think the issue is that fruit and grains are the foods which increase blood sugar levels and if you eat a lot of fruit you may not be able to have the grains and maintain your BSLs. I don't think there is any harm in having more fruit on some days , just try and make sure you're getting plenty of grains as well to balance your nutritional needs. Also strawberries are a "free" food so you could eat them as your fruit and still have grains :-)


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I have a quick question for anyone familiar w veganism and GD. I prefer to eat vegan but am not "a vegan." For me it is strictly a taste preference. I was borderline GD w my last pregnancy, and being older this time around decided to switch to a low carb diet that included meat around the 2nd trimester. Despite barely gaining weight and eating under 100 carbs a day I was dxed w GD anyway.

So, since that obviously didn't do any good, I'd prefer to go back to no meat/ dairy but am confused about the diet restrictions of GD.

The diet plans I've looked at allow up to ~200 carbs a day but only 2 servings of fruit. Is it ok for me to eat more than 2 servings of fruit as long as I stay within the allowed carb number per meal/ day? Especially since I won't be drinking milk or eating cheese (the diets allow ~50 carbs in dairy). When I mentioned fruit to the midwife she made it sound like the 2 serving limit is set in stone.

I've been testing my glucose levels and fruit only seems to cause a problem for me in the morning (levels up to but not over 130) but not the rest of the day.

TIA!!!!
Hi Tia! I too had gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy. It is difficult to try to keep up with the strict diet the midwife or dietion gives you. I would recommend to just have half a serving of apple in oatmeal so your sugar doesn't rise or eat small servings of fruits throught the day where your sugar wont shoot up. One thing you can do is make a smoothie with a medley of fruits and vegetables as a snack. This way your sugar levels wont spike and wont get hungry either . One smoothie you can have is beet root,kale, carrot, apple and 1 or 2 strawberries. Apple, carrot and ginger. Eating greek yoghurt with a tablespoon of fruits wont spike your sugar either.Tell me how it goes!

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