Gestational diabetes

By clarabella30 Latest Reply 2014-08-04 22:56:39 -0500
Started 2014-08-02 04:39:34 -0500


I had a raised GTT a few days ago and was given a BM machine yesterday. I have been told to take my BM before each meal and 1 hour afterwards. I have to keep a food diary and wait for an appt to see the dietician. Pre meal readings should be below 5.9mmols and 1 hour post should be less than 7.8mmols. I really have no idea what I am supposed to be doing except avoid obvious high in sugar foods and to swap all white carbs to brown.

I just don't know what to eat or when. What snacks to have. I don't really eat meat - especially since becoming pregnant as I seem to have an aversion to it. I also don't like eggs. So in struggling with my protein - as I have been told to eat more of it.

I'd be grateful for any advice or food ideas anyone could give me.

Thank you

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clarabella30 2014-08-02 22:15:02 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for taking the time to do that for me Teresa. That's very thoughtful. Best wishes x

TLTanner 2014-08-04 22:50:36 -0500 Report

You're welcome, Clara! When I run across recipes, I post them on my Facebook wall and usually in Pinterest too. Maybe I should look into putting some on here too. :-)

Glucerna 2014-08-02 19:18:42 -0500 Report

You've received some great suggestions so far. The American Diabetes Association has information on gestational diabetes here: It will be helpful to keep a food diary along with your blood sugar readings, and take this information with you when you meet with the dietitian. ~Lynn @Glucerna

clarabella30 2014-08-02 14:33:23 -0500 Report

Thank you to you all for your replies. BM does mean blood monitoring in the UK. GTT does mean glucose tolerance test - sorry for using abbreviations that you might not know. I thought they were common abbreviations.

Thank you for all your recommendations regarding what food to eat. Teresa I would really appreciate the links for vegetarian type dishes.

I will definitely try peanut butter and hard cheeses too.

Thank you all for being so helpful and for your well wishes.


jayabee52 2014-08-02 12:37:54 -0500 Report

Howdy Clarabella

You use the mmol/l measurements of BG (blood glucose) where you are. Most of us here use the mg/dl measurement of our BG levels so it may be a bit confusing to both of us. I have found a converter tool which can convert mmol/l to mg/dl and back again. You can find it here ~ You may wish to bookmark or save this website so you may refer to it as needed.

It is often said that Britain and America are "two nations divided by a common language". (attribituded to GB Shaw, Oscar Wilde. or Winston Chirchill) I find the ways y'all use your language over there (wherever there happens to be)

I am rather puzzled by some of your abbreviations: GTT is puzzling does it stand for Glucose tolerance test? I believe i know what the second one, BM is, However the use of "BM" on this side of the pond has a scatological meaning.

The mother of my 3 sons had Gestational diabetes for all 3 pregnancies. Each time the diabetes resolved after delivery. We had been trying to have a girl with the last two pregnancies, and if she hadn't had the GD we might have tried again. But we were afraid that if she had another pregnancy she might convert to T2 permanently.

Nutrition in pregnancy can be a really contentious topic. If your stomach cannot "stomach" meat (all meat or just beef?) or eggs then don't force yourself, but perhaps you could try the meat in a later trimester. I believe the protein in meat is.vital for a good and healthy child.

Regarding sources of protein which are not meat or eggs, perhaps a vegetarian will be able to assist you with that.

Praying for a safe pregnancy and a safe and healthy delivery for you both


haoleboy 2014-08-02 13:45:23 -0500 Report

I believe tha "BM" in this case referred ti Blood Monitor.
Hard cheeses are an excellent source of protein as is peanut butter.


TLTanner 2014-08-02 11:27:55 -0500 Report

Hi clarabella30!

Being pregnant and seeming to have an aversion to meat, how about a protein that is more fish than anything else, tuna? I ask because when I was on dialysis, that was about the only meat I could stomach. Not to mention, it's an excellent source of brain building material for your unborn child. :-)

Also, there are plenty of proteins found in beans and legumes, milk (dairy) products and there are tons of recipes on the internet to make egg dishes where you're not eating just fried and/or scrambled eggs which won't taste much like egg is in it.

If someone doesn't beat me to it, I'll try to find some URLs with more information on vegetarian type dishes.

Eating times are basically up to you, but once you decide, you should stick to that schedule. So, if you get up at 7AM, try to eat by 8AM everyday and then about Noon for your lunch, dinner around 6PM and a light snack before you go to bed. Do you post meal BM's about 2-3 hours AFTER you FINISH eating, not when you started eating.

I hope that helps and welcome to the group! I certainly hope you find everything you need here.

Blessings to you and your unborn child,


jayabee52 2014-08-02 14:45:07 -0500 Report

Howdy Teresa
Whenever i see Tuna on the meal plan I cringe because of the mercury pollution. And instead of helping the growing child's brain to grow it would cause it to be poisoned and perhaps damaged. I'd prefer to eat a fish not so affected by mercury pollution. This article from Mayo clinic gives a list of fish that are safer to eat than others ~

TLTanner 2014-08-02 20:38:59 -0500 Report

Hey James,

At the time I was eating tuna for just about every meal, there wasn't a problem with mercury and I wasn't pregnant. When I was pregnant, there wasn't that issue either, but that was 31 years ago! LOL Thanks for the advice, I will look into that link shortly!


haoleboy 2014-08-02 15:30:39 -0500 Report

As pointed out in the article canned salmon is a good choice … with the added benefit that it is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.

TLTanner 2014-08-02 20:44:14 -0500 Report

After reading the article, it does not say to avoid tuna, but instead says you can eat it. It says to stick to light and limit albacore tuna. I use to get the tuna in water instead of oil. Go figure!

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