My first diagnosis with gestational diabetes (GD) was a huge blow. I was so completely clueless about the meaning of the illness. As soon as I was diagnosed, I went out and bought a ton, like an insane amount, of veggies. Think Costco. I thought carbs were forbidden and I was stuck eating greens for the rest of my pregnancy. And sweets? Forget it. Oh, I had so much to learn and boy did I ever thanks to the registered dietician.
This time around, since it’s my second pregnancy with gestational diabetes, it’s like a walk in the park. (OK, not quite. There’s still those pesky needles.) I think it’s easier because the first time around changed the way I thought about food and I discovered different coping techniques when things got rough. So if you are finding yourself in the unknown when it comes to your diagnosis, I’ve put together some tips that I hope will help you understand this new adventure to babyhood.
Keep in mind that I have a moderate case of gestational diabetes and I’m able to control it with diet and exercise. Every case is different, but I hope you will find something useful and encouraging in what I’ve written.
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