Not so long ago I wrote a post about Gestational Diabetes (GD). I wrote this post because at 28 weeks into my second pregnancy I was diagnosed with GD. I was probably the healthiest I had been in a long time apart from some stress, I had a healthy BMI, my diet was good, I took regular light exercise. A diabetes diagnosis was the last thing I was expecting.
I was registered for the GTT at my booking in appointment. Only because there was Type 2 diabetes on my mothers side. Although my mother doesn’t actually have diabetes, she has been tested several times as she has had a glucose intolerance on a few occasions. My midwife was originally reluctant to book it in as usually you are only referred if you have a direct relative with diabetes or other risk factors. This was my only risk factor.… Read More
Diabetes, no one plans to develop diabetes, especially not mums to be. In fact it probably wouldnt even cross most womens mind when they have just found out they are pregnant. However, Gestational Diabetes (GD) will affect around 5% of UK pregnancies. Once diagnosed there are so many misconceptions within society, these women end up feeling guilty. Thinking somehow, they have caused it to themselves. Support from the NHS OK, but hindered by offering advice based upon Type 2 Diabetes (a low fat diet due to the link with obesity). GD, however is hormone driven. Most women will struggle to follow type 2 dietary advice, due to the fluctuations of their hormone levels during pregnancy.
Hopefully this post will give you a brief overview of the condition, how you can help yourself manage GD and quash a few misconceptions associated with it.
What is Gestational Diabetes?
GD is defined as Diabetes that develops or is first diagnosed during pregnancy.… Read More