Not so long ago I wrote a post about Gestational Diabetes. I wrote this post because at 28 weeks into my second pregnancy I had my Gestational Diabetes diagnosis. 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 Gestational 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 is borderline Pre-diabetic. My midwife was originally reluctant to book it in. Usually you are only referred if you have a direct relative with diabetes or other risk factors. This was my only risk factor. In the end, she decided it was safer to do so and booked me in for 28 weeks.… Read More
This page is a brief Gestational Diabetes Overview. I decided to put it together to help newly diagnosed mums make sense of their diagnosis, after my own diagnosis and initial struggle to find helpful advice. As well as a Gestational Diabetes overview, I also offer some advice how you can help yourself manage your Diabetes and quash a few misconceptions associated with it too!
Gestational Diabetes 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). Gestational Diabetes, is hormone driven. Most women will struggle to follow type 2 dietary advice, due to the fluctuations of their hormone levels during pregnancy.
Gestational Diabetes Overview – What is Gestational Diabetes?… Read More