*** I am not a doctor or a medical professional. Please contact your doctor or midwife for approval before trying to change your diet, exercise program or lifestyle. This is just what I did that worked for me and my pregnancies. This isn’t intended to diagnose, treat, or cure a medical condition.
Pregnancy is such a wonderful, joyous time. You are growing a human being inside you, what could be more special?
Then you go to your 27 weeks appointment and they tell you that you have gestational diabetes…
For me this came at such a shock the first time. I was very small when I got pregnant, probably below 120 pounds. I wasn’t gaining excessive weight during pregnancy. I was working out almost every day (waking up at 5 am and going to the gym). I ate very healthy (whole foods primarily).
And I had gestational diabetes?!?
I remember that for the first two weeks after the diagnosis… I would cry at almost every meal because I was already having severe food aversions – now I could barely eat anything! (or that’s how I felt)
I really had to dig deep to find what would work so that I could control this naturally without medication… and I want to share what I learned with you.
I kept a very detailed log throughout my two pregnancies (both of which I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes). I tracked my blood sugar with my glucometer like this one: One Touch Ultra 2 Blood Glucose Monitoring System
To test my blood sugar, I would prick my finger 1 and 2 hours after eating meals and snacks. In a normal person with no blood sugar issues, their blood sugar levels stay around 100. When you have gestational diabetes, your blood sugar levels spike higher than 140 (mg/dL). When I would follow a low or moderate carb diet and exercises, my blood sugar would stay within normal limits. I only had a few spikes when I was testing and it was always when I ate too many carbs at one time (That Logan’s Roadhouse roll was totally worth it, haha)
Here is what I did to control my gestational diabetes naturally:
1. Limit carbs to 15 net grams at each meal or snack.
Carbs are what really affect your blood sugar. When you are pregnant you are more prone to higher blood glucose anyways due to your hormones. By reducing carbs, you aren’t allowing any sugar spikes to happen or cause any harm to your baby. Net carbs would be the carbs left after you subtract carbs from fiber.
2. Include protein at each meal and snack.
This doesn’t mean you have to eat a huge piece of steak at 10 am. Be creative in your protein choices: Greek Yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, homemade protein shakes, eggs and cheese, turkey and cheese roll ups, and your standard chicken and meat.
3. Eat every 2 -3 hours.
You are doing a great work by growing a baby. You don’t realize how much energy you are really expending each day. I’ve heard it compared to running a marathon. You need to stay fueled and not get your blood sugar too low (in a smart way, not by eating chocolate cake, unless you mean the low carb minute brownie!)
4. Get in 30 minutes of exercise each day
This may be just a light weight lifting workout or a walk outside. For me I usually am too sick to workout my first trimester, then I can do 50 minute workouts in my second trimester. In my 3rd trimester, I usually just walk and do light weights or long walks. Working out uses the extra sugar floating around in your blood. I did find it was way easier to workout my first pregnancy.
By following these steps, I was able to control my blood sugars and have the homebirths I wanted! I hope that you have a smooth and easy pregnancy. These tips are great for everyone to follow. You don’t want to have high blood sugars during pregnancy and this is the right way to control them naturally.
What to learn more? You can read my full plan that I followed outlined here in my EBook:
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Page 4 Introductions to Gestational Diabetes
Page 8 The Plan
Page 16 Typical Food Diary
Page 18 Breakfasts
Page 20 Snacks
Page 25 Main Dishes
Page 39 Desserts
Have you had gestational diabetes? What are your tips for managing gestational diabetes?