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    040: Gestational Diabetes with Lily Nichols


    Today’s guest is the expert of experts on gestational diabetes, Lily Nichols: registered dietitian, nutritionist, certified diabetes educator, researcher, speaker, and author. Gestational diabetes was Parijat’s 7th complication during her high-risk pregnancy and today she chats with Lily to candidly discuss her experience and how you can feel better guided in your pregnancy journey.

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    Episode highlights...

    • Parijat recounts the entire ordeal of getting tested for gestational diabetes.(After the six other complications, she didn’t need one more issue)

    • Lily Nichols shares her career journey and what led her to become the gestational diabetes “expert of experts.”

    • A mother with untreated gestational diabetes will not only place herself at risk but have a devastating and permanent impact on the child’s growth and development. Parijat and Lily review the facts.

    • Lily explains how a mother’s blood sugar is managed during pregnancy can have a direct impact on their health later in life.

    • How long standing nutritional guidelines for women with gestational diabetes have resulted in 40% needing insulin to manage their blood sugar.

    • What's the long-standing myth about carbs?

    • Could the current nutritional dietary standards actually be causing diabetes? Learn about the incredible amount of misinformation and junk science that exists in traditional nutritional guidelines.

    • Lily explains how some women will need insulin to help manage their blood sugar and why this is OK.

    • Lily shares her top three causes of gestational diabetes and why the vast majority of the time it is out of the woman’s control.

    • We find out about common misconceptions that OBs have been passing on to patients. What’s the truth?

    • Parijat and Lily discuss what cases require insulin intervention and what can be done preventatively.

    • Find out if gestational diabetes really results in bigger babies.

    • We examine the theory behind pregnancy weight and BMI and its correlation to the size of the baby.

    • There are many misconceptions in determining which factors are and aren’t controllable during pregnancy, particularly regarding gestational diabetes.You have more control than you realize!

    • Lily offers her top tips for women currently dealing with gestational diabetes and how to regain control of their pregnancy.

    • We learn how and why your diet and nutrition has a direct influence on blood sugar balance.

    • Lily shares about the importance of selecting the right provider to provide support during pregnancy.

    • Lily offers a message of hope and encouragement to women facing the risk of gestational diabetes. Don’t be a victim to fear mongering!

    There are a wealth of resources available when facing gestational diabetes. Be educated and empowered to do what is right for your body and your baby.

    Resources from the show...

    • Visit Lily Nichols' website at pilatesnutritionist.com

    • Eat Your Way Through Gestational Diabetes Masterclass (Register now)

    • Personalized mind-body support to help you manage your pregnancy complications (Apply now)

    • Get your copy of Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy (Read Now)

    • Stay in touch with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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    About the Guest

    Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT), and Certified Pilates Instructor whose approach to nutrition embraces real food, integrative medicine, and mindful eating. Her fascination with the dietary practices of traditional cultures combined with an abnormal love for medical research, especially regarding prenatal nutrition, has led her to become one of the country’s most sought after ‘real food for pregnancy’ experts.

    Lily has worked at the public policy level with the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program: Sweet Success, to update the nutritional and exercise guidelines for care as it relates to gestational diabetes, worked clinically with hundreds of women with gestational diabetes, and has helped train thousands of medical professionals on the subject of diabetes during pregnancy.

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