Lynne Raphael, RD, CDE, and Cathy Wielgus, RN, CDE, talk about their experience working with women to evolve a culturally sensitive yet healthy meal plan under the pressures of pregnancy. They point out that portion control can often be key to making changes — not eliminating one food entirely but possibly decreasing the portion while increasing the portion of something else. They also encourage the women to test their blood sugars to see how the meals are affecting their glucose levels. Often, the women are quite surprised at the changes, and this is a much more valuable tool for education than someone just telling that they have to do something.
More videos with Lynne Raphael and Cathy Wielgus:
Lynne Raphael, MMSc, RD, LD, CDE, and Cathy Wielgus, MSN, BSN, RN, CDE, Introduction
What Does Intensive Management of Diabetes in Pregnancy Mean?
What Are the Latest Guidelines for Diabetes in Pregnancy?
Challenges of Diabetes Management in Pregnancy
How Can Dietary Habits Be Improved?
Why Is It Important to Manage GDM?
Educating Both Parents and Children
Lynne Raphael, MMSc, RD, LD, CDE, and Cathy Wielgus, MSN, BSN, RN, CDE, both of Alere Health, work closely with women with high-risk pregnancies, developing strategies to help both mother and child maintain the best possible health through pregnancy and beyond.