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hi,<br><br>
i am gathering info for a friend. she has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes (dubious, i know). she is doing great, controlling it with diet, no need for insulin, and baby does not appear to be big at all. she is due in just a couple of weeks.<br><br>
we've been talking about "carbo loading" before labor, so that she has energy foods in her. i'm not sure if this is a good idea for someone that has been labeled with GD. so i'm looking for suggestions for good pre-labor foods for her. is eating a lot of pasta a bad idea?<br><br>
thanks for any feedback!
 

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I would say that it is a bad idea and encourage her to balance some carbs with protein for her energy, rather than just carb loading. If she dumps a huge amount of carbs into her body her blood sugar would go up. As a result, the baby produces extra insulin to help process those sugars. That, in itself, isn't harmful to baby, but once the baby is born it is no longer receiving the nutrients from mom. Insulin is now at a higher level in baby, and this could cause his/her blood sugar to drop, and could lead to sugar water for the baby to bring blood sugar back up again. I had GD with my first pregnancy, and again with this one, and they tested my baby's blood sugar several times in the hours following labor to make sure that blood sugar wasn't falling. He was fine, thankfully, but my blood sugars weren't high during or before labor. I would recomend she try something like cheese and crackers, or peanutbutter and crackers or toast, etc. The protein and fat will help to slow the rate that the carbs affect her blood sugar and keep it on a more even keel. Hope that this helps! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I also have GD and agree that carb loading is not a good idea at all. The most critical time for baby's health in GD are the 24-48 hrs right before birth and she will want to keep her sugar levels within normal during that time. I recommend that she take in a good amount of protein with some carbs to balance out and that she not overeat.
 

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I was borderline GD with both my kids but only at the VERY end of my pregnancies.....I think it's just what my body does or something.<br><br>
In any event, I have to say that the week before I had my son I made sure I had two protein bars a day along with lots of fluids, and I felt about a MILLION times better after his birth than I did after my daughters. Once pushing time came around I wasn't really tired at all.......granted, it *was* a four hour labor, but still.........I felt great.
 

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I agree with the other posters. I had insulin-dependent gd during my last pregnancy and found out the hard way it's absolutely essential for controlling sugars to try to balance the carbs and proteins as much as possible. The suggestion for cheese and crackers, etc. sounds good to me. I'd also check with the nutritionist {if she has one for the gd} for recommendations.
 
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