////Gestational Diabetes Diet: General Guidelines
Gestational Diabetes Diet: General Guidelines 2017-01-28T09:36:02-06:00

Gestational Diabetic Diet: General Guidelines

gestational diabetes diet

  • Eat 5-6 small meals a day. This will help improve both high and low blood sugar.
  • Try to eat at the same time every day and do not skip meals.
  • Eat a variety of foods and try to eat the same type and amount of food at each meal.
  • Exercise may help lower blood sugar. Some people need a snack before exercising to prevent a low blood sugar. Make sure you get your doctor’s okay before starting an exercise program.
  • The safest artificial sweetener during pregnancy is Splenda.
  • No fruit juice unless treating a low blood sugar.
  • No fruits until after lunch.
  • Make sure to have a bedtime snack with at least 15 g carbohydrate and 7 g protein.
  • No alcohol during pregnancy.
  • Eat foods lower in fat and cholesterol. This may help lessen your risk of heart disease, often seen with diabetes.
  • Avoid concentrated sweets such as:
    • Sugar
    • Jelly/jam
    • Candied fruit
    • Cakes
    • Kool Aid
    • Doughnuts
    • Candy
    • Pastries
    • Popsicles
    • Cookies
    • Fruit juice
    • Pudding
    • Honey
    • Sherbet
    • Frosting
    • Sweet rolls
    • Canned fruit in syrup
    • Marmalade
    • Syrup
    • Ice cream
    • Regular soft drinks
    • Regular gelatin
    • Sweetened cereal
    • Molasses
Blood Glucose Goals
Fasting 60-90 mg/dl
1 hour after meals Less than or equal to 130 mg/dl
2 hours after meals Less than or equal to 120 mg/dl

Fruit, milk and bread all contain 15 grams of carbohydrate per seving. This means that you can mix up your specified amount of carbohydrate servings to add variety to your meals.