Gestational Diabetic Diet: General Guidelines
- 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:
- Candied fruit
- Kool Aid
- Fruit juice
- Sweet rolls
- Canned fruit in syrup
- Ice cream
- Regular soft drinks
- Regular gelatin
- Sweetened cereal
|Blood Glucose Goals|
|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.