Diabetic Pregnancy Guidelines

by Dr. Donna Schwontkowski
diabetic pregnancy guidelines

Diabetes is a thief of health during pregnancy both for the baby and for you. It is linked to spontaneous abortion, high levels of bilirubin in the baby, very large babies, babies born with structural developmental issues, and pre-eclampsia. New studies show that there’s also a link to developing diabetes later in life if the mother had diabetes during pregnancy.

Most of the cases of diabetes during pregnancy are due to gestational pregnancy (diabetes that starts during pregnancy) although many women have type 1 or type 2 diabetes while pregnant.

Start Making Immediate Changes to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes

What can you do if you’re in the risk category for developing gestational diabetes?

There are seven things you can start to do right now before you get pregnant.

1) Make a Decision

If you have high blood sugar levels, higher than the optimal of 83-87 mg/dl, consider postponing any pregnancy until this is under control via contraception.

The big key is really reversing high blood sugar levels now before you get pregnant to avoid gestational diabetes.

There are many ways to do this and you’ll need a multi-faceted approach that involves diet changes, exercise and supplements.  Make a commitment to do this; your efforts will come back to you in exponential rewards.

2) Diet Changes are Imminent

We All Have to Start Somewhere

diabetic pregnancy guidelines

Begin making one simple weekly change to improve your diet. Choose from any of the following changes to make:

  • Eliminate high fructose corn syrup beverages and foods.

  • Reduce and then finally eliminate any foods with sugar.

  • Eat enough protein for your body weight. That amount is based on the calculation of your body weight divided by two. This number gives you the number of grams of protein you’ll need for the day.

  • Read up on the Glycemic Index.

  • Weed out your diet for high glycemic index foods, especially corn and wheat, taking an extra week if necessary.

  • Replace oils such as canola oil, vegetable oil, soy oil, and safflower oil with olive oil and coconut oil. These oils disrupt cell membrane function, which can be the start of all different types of illnesses.

  • Go organic.

  • Change your protein servings to grass-fed meats and ones where the animals and poultry are raised without antibiotics and chemicals and eat non-GMO feed. If the animal eats GMO foods, these foods end up causing damage in your body, too.

  • Begin eating fermented foods but do it slowly. Add one serving – 1/3 cup kimchee or sauerkraut (not canned but in a glass bottle) every other day to start and then daily. Count it as one serving vegetable. Incorporate kefir milk or yogurt (sugar-free) the other days of the week.

  • Eat a minimum of 10 fruits and vegetables per day – plus take a fruit, vegetable and berry supplement for an extra 5-12 servings. This is easy when you know that only one half cup grapefruit juice is equal to one serving and ½ large apple equals another serving. A half cup cooked vegetables are one serving while a whole cup of raw vegetables is equal to one serving.

  • Eat three servings fish per week, but be careful in your selection of fish. Avoid high mercury fish, as these will harm both you and your future baby. When you are pregnant, reduce your fish servings to only one 3-4 ounce serving every 7-10 days.

  • Drink at least 2 quarts water daily to flush toxins from the body.

    These diet changes will take about three months to complete.

3) Herbs are a Great Blood Sugar Aid

You can take a variety of supplements to lower your blood sugar. Berberine is a Chinese herb that has been used to treat diabetics for many years. You can purchase these as pills to take as a supplement.

Chromium and magnesium have both been proven to lower blood sugar. You can get both of these minerals from your food, but you may need to supplement if you cannot get enough in your diet. Cinnamon extract is another supplement that has been shown to lower blood sugar. Research has consistently demonstrated that 1-6 grams of cinnamon is able to regulate blood sugar and improve metabolic health.

These powerful herbs are synergistically combined in Ben’s Glyco-OptimizerThis all natural supplement is packed full of powerful herbs, minerals, vitamins and nutrients – each of which have been proven in double blind, independent scientific studies to help cure type 2 diabetes.

4) Don’t Neglect Exercise

Exercise daily. If you are under super high-stress levels, then walking is your best choice of exercise. It won’t act as trauma and raise cortisol levels. Aim for 20-30 minutes daily about an hour after you eat a meal.

5) Emotional Stability is Necessary

Keep an even keel emotionally. Emotional upsets will play havoc with your body’s nervous system and hormones.

6) Consider Environmental Issues

Reduce your electromagnetic fields (EMF) and dirty electricity. High EMF and dirty electricity are tied to high blood sugar levels. Some researchers call the elevated blood sugar levels from the environmental pollution diabetes type 3. 

Reducing the EMF has to do with choosing to hardwire connections for your internet and avoiding wifi at all costs. Dirty electricity has to do with faulty electrical wiring and appliances that send out too many voltage transients, the experts say.

Look up an EMF specialist who can evaluate your home for these problems. They can mean the difference between continuing on with diabetes forever and stopping it overnight with blood sugar levels that return to normal.

7) Reduce Body Weight

If you already have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, one of the easiest ways to reduce blood sugar levels is to lose weight if you are overweight.

Researchers find that only 10% reduction in weight is enough to impact blood sugar level but let’s face it – getting down to ideal body weight is always going to be your ultimate goal. Don’t settle for mere blood sugar reduction; run to the finish line and grab your trophy for optimum health.

All these recommendations will help you whether or not you have diabetes type 1 or 2 or simply elevated high blood sugar. The biggest step is the first – then it’s easy after that. 



American Diabetes Association. Management of Diabetes in Pregnancy: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2018. Diabetes Care 2018 Jan;41 (Supplement 1):S137-S143. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/41/Supplement_1/S137