5 Foods that Helped Me Survive Gestational Diabetes

As I waddled into the third trimester of my fourth pregnancy, I failed the dreaded one-hour glucose test for gestational diabetes. It took me by surprise, since I passed the test with my previous three pregnancies. Several people reassured me I shouldn’t worry since many women fail the one-hour test, but then pass the three-hour glucose test without any problems. Not me. At 30 weeks pregnant, I found myself in a room with eight other ladies learning how to prick our fingers, count carbs, and basically muddling through changing our entire lifestyle to keep our little ones safe.

The first two weeks surviving gestational diabetes were completely awful. I second guessed everything I ate and then panicked while I nervously waited for my blood sugar numbers to pop up on the glucometer. I followed my carb count religiously, but my numbers were high no matter what. Thanks to a dear friend, I found some tried and true food choices that helped me not only survive, but thrive, as I carried our boy to full term and delivered a healthy baby.

5 Foods To Survive Gestational Diabetes

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Egg Casserole[/typography]

At first I tried to cook eggs every morning, but I found that cutting a piece of casserole and tossing it in the microwave would allow me a few extra minutes of sleep and make mornings more manageable. A piece of egg casserole, some toast, and coffee with a splash of heavy cream tasted great and kept me full until morning snack time. I used this recipe most often: http://www.madeitloveitpaleo.com/2015/09/28/sausage-carrot-zucchini-breakfast-casserole/


[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Kroger’s CARBMasters Products[/typography]

Game changer, y’all. Most of these yogurts have 5-6 grams of carbs and I could enjoy one with dinner every evening. It felt like dessert and there are over 15 delicious flavors. I looked like a crazy lady every time I went to the store because the entire surface of the cart was covered with CARBMasters products. I discovered the CARBMasters chocolate milk around week 35 and I cried tears of joy when I drank my first glass.



[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Nature Valley Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein Bars[/typography]

My morning and afternoon snack included 15 grams of carbs ,and these tasty granola bars come in right at 14 grams. I didn’t have to pair it with anything else since the nuts included enough protein. I bought them in bulk at Sam’s Club and stashed them in my purse, the car, and my desk.



[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Quesadillas[/typography]

Towards the end of my pregnancy I ate a quesadilla almost every night for dinner. It’s quick, simple, and customizable. I used a whole wheat tortilla, cheese, shredded chicken, and whatever else I felt like that evening- onions, peppers, salsa, guacamole, sour cream…even broccoli, pickles, olives. By the time you’re 38 weeks, weird stuff works.  


[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Skinny Cow Vanilla Gone Wild Ice Cream Sandwiches[/typography]

My favorite bedtime snack was the Vanilla Gone Wild Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. I found that my numbers would only tolerate this as a bedtime snack. I paired the ice cream sandwich with a handful of nuts for protein, and then washed it all down with a huge glass of water. I hated staying up until 10pm for my final snack of the day and eating an ice cream sandwich made me a little less grumpy.



[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]More Important than Food- A Seasoned Friend[/typography]

The support of someone who’s navigated gestational diabetes before is more valuable and important than any food plan. I discovered ZERO of the above foods on my own. A dear friend of mine, who survived gestational diabetes through two pregnancies, dropped by my house with carb-free soup, cheese sticks, and a box of the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches the day after my doctor called with my failed test results. She reassured me that it would be confusing at first, but very doable. She explained that I would need protein with every meal as she unpacked the cheese sticks and she introduced me to https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/

The first few weeks when I felt helpless about my high numbers and scared that I was going to hurt my baby boy, she fielded my questions and encouraged me in a way only someone that’s been through it before could. Her insight, advice, and care allowed me to truly thrive as we waited for our son to be born. My best advice is to reach out and find someone that’s walked the road before if you find yourself in a dietician’s office learning how to survive gestational diabetes. Their support will mean more than any ice cream sandwich or quesadilla.

An hour after my son’s birth, my parents delivered a Reese’s Sonic Blast that I devoured within minutes. For a few weeks after his birth I enjoyed all the carb goodness I could handle, but a few months later I found myself drifting back towards this food plan because it’s simple, I have plenty of energy, and it’s helped me shed the majority of my baby weight. As difficult as it was to figure out at first, it’s now an easy and helpful plan for me. 

Please keep in mind I’m not a doctor; I’m only sharing what worked for me. Women with gestational diabetes follow different carb counts based on what a dietician recommends. Please check with your own doctor to make sure what worked for me could work for you, too.

Ashley Ashcraft has spent the majority of her life in North Texas. Born in Dallas, she attended Concordia University of Texas in Austin for an undergraduate degree and spent her mid-20’s in beautiful, easy-going Hawaii where she taught at a high school and obtained a M.E. in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawaii. The birth of her first daughter, now seven years old, brought her and her husband back to Texas and to family. Since then, they’ve added two more girls and a boy to the mix. Ashley now teaches at Prince of Peace Christian School in Carrollton (Go Eagles!) and has learned it takes a village and a lot of grace to be a wife, mom of four, teacher, and avid Eagle fan, but she is thankful for all of it. In the evenings you can usually find her supporting Eagles’ sports, trying to keep up with laundry, coaxing her kids to eat meat, or enjoying time out in the neighborhood with her wonderful neighbors. Ashley is not an expert mom, but she’s surrounded by an amazing tribe of women that help her to be the best mom and wife possible. She recently started blogging at As You Do Life and you can also find her on Twitter @AshleyAshcraft .