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Gestational Diabetes – What NOT To Do!

Today will be a little different than my usual post on mindful eating, Pilates, or healthy recipes.

I’m tackling a topic that is near and dear to my heart – one that I devote roughly half of my working hours to every week and one that I frequently present on at professional conferences (I’ve been asked to speak about it at 3 different conferences this fall alone. Holy powerpoints!)

The topic is gestational diabetes, in other words, diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. 

My friend Jenn over at Fit For Expecting asked me to write a guest post for her blog, since her business is entirely devoted to helping pregnant women stay active during their pregnancy. And although exercise helps to manage gestational diabetes, the diet part is absolutely crucial to success.

I have helped literally hundreds of women have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby despite having gestational diabetes. Over time, I’ve observed similar patterns with new clients and identified the most common mistakes they make before they get a chance to talk with me.

Now before you close this window because you’re not pregnant with gestational diabetes, let me say that 2 of the 3 things I cover in the post are universally applicable to everyone who wants to eat healthier and watch their weight – pregnant or not, diabetic or not, female or not.

Gestational Diabetes – What NOT To Do!

You might be wondering why the image in this post about what not to do when you have gestational diabetes features “healthy” grapes. Well, a lot of women think that eating healthy means eating more fruit, but fruit is high in sugar. If you’re managing gestational diabetes, you have to be very careful with the portion of fruit you consume to prevent high blood sugar!

Hop on over to her blog where I explore this further and cover the 3 most common mistakes that women with gestational diabetes make. I hope the ladies over at her blog will find it helpful and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

In the meantime, I better get to work preparing for my presentations.

Until next week,


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Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.

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  1. Hi,

    I’m Shromona. I’ve been following a low carb lifestyle for six years before my first pregnancy. I’m twenty seven and just entered my third trimester. I had pcos before pregnancy and now, with giving up the low carb lifestyle during the second trimester, I’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I have the real food book and have ordered your book on diabetes as well. I’ve gone back to eating low carb, although my net carbs are usually around 55-75 gms. Is that too much? My first blood test right after waking up is still consistently high whereas my blood sugar after each meal is well within the limit. I am very worried. Is it safe to limit carbs to 20-30 gms as I used to before the pregnancy?

    P.s. the book on gestational diabetes will not reach before the first week of December so this maybe a question that you already discuss there and I’m sorry for asking again.


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