Anyone who has had more than one child will know how conflicting advice can be. What everyone wants is a healthy baby in their family. The advice given seems to change every few years. Before it was nuts, sometimes good, other times bad. And now we see the latest assault on the potato.
What this message doesn't tell us is what the risks of gestational diabetes are. The main one is a higher birth weight. That means a higher risk of complications in labour, and a greater risk of damage to your baby before life has begun.
So what should expectant mothers do? Reading between the lines, the best advice is to watch your overall sugar intake and keep to a balanced diet.
Keep following your midwives advice and go to all of your antenatal appointments. That's is advice that has been consistent to expectant mothers over the last decade.
Keep yourself in good health and you give you and your baby the best chances for your new life.
Eating potatoes or chips on most days of the week may increase a woman's risk of diabetes during pregnancy, say US researchers. This is probably because starch in spuds can trigger a sharp rise in blood sugar levels, they say.Their study in the BMJ tracked more than 21,000 pregnancies.But UK experts say proof is lacking and lots of people need to eat more starchy foods for fibre, as well as fresh fruit and veg. The BMJ study linked high potato consumption to a higher diabetes risk. Swapping a couple of servings a week for other vegetables should counter this, say the authors.UK dietary advice says starchy foods (carbohydrates) such as potatoes should make up about a third of the food people eat. There is no official limit on how much carbohydrate people should consume each week.