When you have gestational diabetes, you’ll have to pay attention to what you eat and when. Your doctor or a dietitian can give you specific advice on how much you should eat and when you need to check your blood sugar.
Have three small meals along with two or three snacks at about the same times every day.
Get 40% of your daily calories from carbs and 20% from protein. 50% of the carbs should be complex, high fiber carbs with fat being between 25% and 30%.
Aim for 20-35 grams of fiber a day. Foods such as whole-grain breads, cereals, and pasta, brown or wild rice, oatmeal, and vegetables and fruits will help get you there.
Limit your total fat to less than 40% of your daily calories. Saturated fat should be less than 10% of all the fat you eat.
Eat a variety of foods to make sure you get enough vitamins and minerals. You may need to take a supplement to cover your bases. Ask your doctor if they think you should take one.
If You Have Morning Sickness
Eat some crackers, cereal, or pretzels before you get out of bed. As you go through your day, have small meals often and avoid fatty, fried, and greasy foods.