Gestational Diabetes

What is it and what can we do about it?

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Lily Nichols (aka the Pilates Nutritionist), who is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and diabetes educator from the USA. Lily has not only helped hundreds of women with gestational diabetes manage their blood sugar levels through dietary changes and exercise guidance, but has also worked at the public policy level helping the Californian government write the current guidelines related to this condition.

We discussed:

  1. What gestational diabetes is and how it differs from type 1 and 2 diabetes
  2. Why women get gestational diabetes – “Is it something that I have done?”
  3. Are there obvious symptoms of gestational diabetes?
  4. How it is currently diagnosed in the USA and Australia
  5. The standard management options and how successful are they. How Lily’s approach is somewhat different from “standard” nutritional advice (it goes beyond just measuring the amount of carbohydrates your body is consuming – how is your body responding to that amount of carbs?)
  6. The potential effects of uncontrolled gestational diabetes on the mother, baby and the birth process
  7. What is the likelihood of having gestational diabetes again in other pregnancies or type 2 diabetes further down the track?
  8. Where people can find Lily, her book and her online course

More Details

You can find Lily at or at her gestational diabetes specific website:

You can buy her book “Real Food for Gestational Diabetes” on Amazon.

2 replies
  1. Joanna Ward
    Joanna Ward says:

    Amazing! This is exactly the shake up needed for advice and information on gestational diabetes. Thanks for sharing x

    • admin
      admin says:

      Thank you Joanna for your comment. Yes, the current advice received in hospitals is looking a little outdated. Thankfully people like Lily are out there helping women achieve great results through a real-food approach!


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