Lily Nichols' name is almost synonymous with gestational diabetes these days due to her trailblazing the evidence-based research path of treating gestational diabetes.
This episode is packed full! Lily and Traci talk about inaccurate gestational diabetes testing, false positive results, the effects of cheat meals, blood sugar management in health overall, patient self-advocacy and changing prenatal nutrition guidelines.
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2:45 - Lily's book, career and prenatal nutrition guidelines need to be updated with a new approach
9:40 - Is testing for gestational diabetes necessary?
12:25 - False positives: there's no perfect testing method for gestational diabetes
14:37 - Better & alternative testing methods & understanding how food affects blood sugar
18:19 - Different testing standards across the world and within the United States
22:40 - How my gestational diabetes test went & the extreme emotions that accompany diagnosis
26:00 - Shifting the approach of prenatal care from fear-based
27:55 - Is gestational diabetes more common in pregnancies with multiples?
28:54 - Lowering the risk of gestational diabetes; managing blood sugar with micro-nutrients
33:30 - How exercise can reduce the risk of gestational diabetes
34:35 - Can eating for pregnancy be simplified: unlearning and relearning how to eat
40:57 - The importance of blood sugar management in health, not just pregnancy
46:58 - Talking to your healthcare team & speaking up for yourself
52:40 - Carbs aren't your only source of energy
56:52 - Are cheat meals okay?
1:03:56 - Lily's current work & how we can help affect change in prenatal care
1:13:10 - How a gestational diabetes diagnosis affects decisions & outcomes in your pregnancy & delivery