Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Human Nutrition. She completed her Dietetic Internship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. Stephanie has been a diabetes educator since 2001 and became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2003. She is passionate about the importance of good nutrition and an active lifestyle. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband and 3 children.
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Women's Healthcare Associates
7720 S Broadway Ste 440
Littleton, CO 80122
Heidi Oster, MD & Sheri Gipson, MD
10099 Ridge Gate Pkwy Ste 280
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Your insurance company determines whether or not this service is covered. If you have questions about your insurance coverage, please call your insurance company to inquire about your benefits for nutrition services. You may tell them that you are seeing a Registered Dietitian for Medical Nutrition Therapy for your disease/condition. If your insurance does not cover this service, you will be responsible for all charges.
You are pregnant and your healthcare provider has just told you that you have Gestational Diabetes. You have an appointment set up for diabetes education, but what do you do until then? The following guidelines are here to help get you started, but are not meant to replace education from your Diabetes Educator. These are very general recommendations to follow until your appointment. We know that the health of your baby is of utmost importance and we want to provide you with the information that you need.
The first guideline is to eat 3 small meals plus 3 snacks every day. All foods can raise your blood sugar if eaten in large quantities, so portion control is key. Because you may need to reduce the amount you are eating at meals, snacking is important to provide you and your baby with proper calories and nutrition.
It is also important to eliminate sweet beverages, candies and desserts from your diet. Drinks like soda, juice, fruit punch, lemonade and Kool-Aid significantly raise blood sugar without filling you up or providing much nutrition. The same goes for other sweets like candies and desserts. These things can be worked into your meal plan in small amounts, but until you meet with your Diabetes Educator, it is a good idea to stay away from them.
Many people wonder if they should cut carbohydrates from the diet. Although foods high in carbohydrate raise blood sugar more than anything else, it is not healthy for you or your baby to eliminate all carbohydrate foods. You will be given an individualized meal plan and will learn carbohydrate counting at your appointment. Guidelines will also be given on protein, fat, fiber and "free" foods.
Exercise is another thing you can do to keep blood sugars under control. Any activity that you can safely do will significantly lower blood sugar levels. If you have not been exercising during your pregnancy, please consult your OB doctor before beginning an exercise program. If you were active prior to pregnancy and have been exercising throughout, it is safe and beneficial to continue. The recommendation is to try to get 30 minutes of exercise five days per week. The 30 minutes does not need to be done at once and the exercise does not need to be anything more strenuous than walking.
If you feel you need more information or have question or concerns, please call Stephanie Modica, RD, CDE at 720-841-7907.