Here's a secret about me: I have gestational diabetes. Ok, it wasn't actually a secret, I just didn't think I had a need to announce it here! I started thinking about how much useful information I've found on the subject since my diagnosis, and I decided to do a little round-up of links. Hopefully, they'll help a few of you out!
- Free Diabetes Meal Planner: Click here to fill out a short questionaire. Once you submit it, you'll have access to a great meal planner!
- Basic information from the American Diabetes Association. If you didn't get great documentation from your doctor, or if a friend or loved one is curious about your condition, this is a great place to start!
- Sample diets and meal plans for gestational diabetes can be found here and here (check the reader comments). I use the “carb choice” plan, and I also blend it with carb-counting to keep my blood sugar under control. I found these meal plans extremely useful in giving me a framework on how to shape my breakfast, lunch and dinner spreads.
- Healthy food choices: Diabetic Mommy has a great summary of recommended foods for those of us with gestational diabetes.
- Recipes: I struggled with finding recipes online that were diabetic-friendly but not zero-carb. While not online recipes, I found these two cookbooks very helpful: Betty Crocker's Diabetes Cookbook, Easy as 1-2-3 and The Diabetic Bible.
- Restaurant carbohydrate and calorie counting resource: Calorie King has a great website, and also a wonderful pocket-size book that has nutritional information for just about any restaurant you can think of. I carry the book in my purse at all times, and I've used it more times than I can count in the month since my diagnosis. This will also be great to have once I start my post-pregnancy calorie counting!
- Free downloadable Guide to Controlling your Diabetes.
- Free One-Touch UltraMini Blood Glucose Monitor. I received a glucose meter from my doctor, but I was also eligible to receive one of these, so I signed up. Now I keep one at work just in case I forget my “regular” monitor at home.
That's all I could come up with for now! Do you have gestational diabetes? Have you had it in the past? Please share any tips, recommended books or advice in the comments!