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The materials on this website (brochures, food guides, pocket guides etc.) may be reproduced and disseminated in any media in its original format, without modification, for informational, educational and non-commercial purposes only. A nominal sum to cover costs of reproduction and distribution can be assessed.  Any modification or use of the materials in any derivative work is prohibited without prior permission of the California Department of Public Health; Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division.

This material is here to help you manage your gestational diabetes.  You may download and/or print as needed.  However, this material is copyrighted and should not be modified in any manner.  Unless otherwise specified, all documents in this section are PDFs.

None of these materials are meant to take the place of professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Breastfeeding Tips

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Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed after Having Gestational Diabetes - This handout is for women who have already delivered their baby and want to information on nutrition and breastfeeding.
Print landscape, front-to-back, flip on "short edge". 
Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed after Having Gestational Diabetes - English (black/white)
Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed after Having Gestational Diabetes - Spanish (black/white)
Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed after Having Gestational Diabetes - English (color)
Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed after Having Gestational Diabetes - Spanish(color)

Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed and Take Insulin - This easy to use brochure gives a woman who has Type 1 or 2 diabetes informations she needs to successfully breastfeed. Includes phone numbers for national resources and space for the provider to write in local resource phone numbers.
Print landscape, front-to-back, flip on "short edge".  For "booklet" effect, place pages so that panel 1 and panel 2 are on top of each other and fold in half.
Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed and Take Insulin - English (color)
Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed and Take Insulin - English (BW)
Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed and Take Insulin - Spanish(color)
Nutrition Tips for Women who Breastfeed and Take Insulin - Spanish (BW)

Gestational Diabetes

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Gestational Diabetes: All you need to know about you and your baby - This 32 page booklet is written for the woman with gestational diabetes.  It explains all the facts of GDM including diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial issues, fetal assessment, delivery, postpartum care and follow-up.  Helpful and practical information on meal planning and choices are detailed.  Includes meal and blood glucose record sheets.
Print in portrait orientation, front-to-back.
Gestational Diabetes: All you need to know about you and your baby - English
Diabetes Gestacional: Todo lo que necesita saber acerca de usted y su bebé - Español

Gestational Diabetes: What can happen to me and my baby - This brochure discusses the importance of prenatal care including exercise, proper diet and glucose monitoring.  Lists possible complications of gestational diabetes.  Encourages post-partum follow-up and provides a space for writing notes.
Print in landscape orientation, front-to-back, flip on short edge.

Gestational Diabetes:  What can happen to me and my baby - English


Lifestyle Choices

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Lifestyle Choices and Diabetes - This brochure discusses how lifestyle choices affect diabetes. It presents positive lifestyle choices that can help prevent development of type 2 diabetes. It includes a brief discussion on setting goals and making a plan to reach a goal. It also has a short “worksheet” that walks the client through the steps needed to develop a “plan” to reach a goal of his/her choice.
Print landscape,front-to-back, flip on "short edge".
Lifestyle Choices and Diabetes - English
Lifestyle Choices and Diabetes/Su Estilo de Vida y la Diabetes - Spanish

Exercise and Diabetes
Suggested Strengthening Exercises for a Pregnant Woman with Diabetes
Appropriate Modes of Exercise for Pregnancy Complicated by Diabetes

Nutrition and Meal Planning

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California MyPlate for Gestational Diabetes - This handout is for pregnant women who have gestational diabetes and breastfeeding women who have experienced gestational diabetes.
Print in landscape orientation, front to back, clip on the "short edge".
California MyPlate for Gestational Diabetes - English
California MyPlate for Gestational Diabetes/MiPlato para Diabetes Gestacional - Spanish

Eating Well to Keep Your Blood Sugar Normal - This pamphlet encourages eating meals low in sugar/carbohydrates and at regular times.  It includes cooking tips and examples of high fiber foods.
Print in landscape orientation, front to back, clip on the "short edge".
Eating Well to Keep Your Blood Sugar Normal/Comiendo Bien Para Mantener Normal el Azúcar en la Sangre - Spanish/English

Food Guide - This brochure presents a colorful pictorial of the different food groups with a place for writing a personalized meal plan.  Drawings of culturally appropriate food items are labeled along with portion sizes.  Food groups are color coded for easy reference.  Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C and A are coded for easy reference.  A table of foods which raise blood sugar and should be avoided is also provided
Print in portrait orientation, front to back.
Food Guide - English (Color)
Food Guide - Spanish (Color)
Food Guide - Asian Foods in English (Color)
Food Guide - Chinese (Color)
Food Guide - Vietnamese (Color) **The Vietnamese Food Guide was last updated on 3/05

My Meal Plan - This useful tool assists in providing personalized meal plans for your patient.  The chart allows individualized meal and snack examples to be listed in the correct portions for each food group.  This is an excellent tool  for a wide range of literacy skills.  This chart is available in English and Spanish.
Print in landscape orientation, front to back, clip on the "short edge".
My Meal Plan - English
My Meal Plan/Mi Plan de Comidas - Spanish

Postpartum Nutrition (My Baby has Been Born...) - This easy to read brochure helps a woman maintain a healthy life style after delivery.  Includes information on steps to take to maintain a healthy weight, eating less fat, and how to read a label.
Print in landscape orientation, front to back, clip on the "short edge".
Post Partum Nutrition/My Baby Has Been Born What do I Eat Now? - English (BW)
Post Partum Nutrition/My Baby Has Been Born What do I Eat Now? - English (Color)
Post Partum Nutrition/My Baby Has Been Born What do I Eat Now?/Mi Bebé ha nacido, Wue Hago hora Para Prevenir Diabetes y Estar Saludable- Spanish (BW)
Post Partum Nutrition/My Baby Has Been Born What do I Eat Now?/Mi Bebé ha nacido, Wue Hago hora Para Prevenir Diabetes y Estar Saludable - Spanish (Color)


Nutrition Guide: Before and During Pregnancy - This detailed, 36 page nutrition guide addresses prepregnant and pregnant nutrition guidelines for preexisting and gestational diabetes.  Subjects covered are: meal planning principles, an introduction to preconception nutrition needs, an overview of GDM, pregnancy weight gain, detailed food group information, simple sugars, meal planning examples and cooking techniqes. 
Print in portrait orientation, front-to-back.
Nutrition Guide: Diabetes Before and During Pregnancy - English (BW) Nutrition Guide: Diabetes Before and During Pregnancy/Guía de Nutrición: Diabetes Antes y Durante el Embarazo  - Spanish (BW)

Record Book and Diary
This 50 page booklet covers topics such as hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, kick counts, preeclampsia, exercise and diet tips. This resource also provides helpful charts and fill-in record sheets for a detailed, daily food plan, proper weight gain recordings, testing urine for ketones, glucose test results, and past doctor visits.
Before clicking the "print" button, under the "Page Sizing and Handling" header, change the custom scale to 125% rather than 100% for best layout. Also, click the setting to print "front to back" (double sided). After printing, fold in half for booklet effect.
Record Book and Diary - English
Record Book and Diary/Libro de Anotaciones y Diario - Spanish

Preconception Information

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Prepare for Pregnancy: It could happen to you! - This trifold brochure discusses the rationale and content of prepregnancy counseling for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy.  It also covers what is required to prepare for pregnancy and why.  Straight forward instructions are provided in a sensitive and caring manner.  A space is provided for placement of a provider’s phone number and address.
Print in landscape orientation, front-to-back, flip on "short edge".
Prepare for Pregnancy: It could happen to you! - English (BW)
Prepare for Pregnancy: It could happen to you!/Prepárese para el embarazo: Le puede pasar a usted - Spanish (BW)