I have gestational diabetes :'(

posted 2 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
654 posts
Busy bee

Take a deep breath, Bee. Remember, they do the testing because it’s actually a lot more common than people think. Doctors deal with this all the time and assist women in having healthy pregnancies every day. You will be fine. Diet and exercise can help so much and if it comes down to it they have medication as well. My sister had GD and still delivered a beautiful healthy baby girl 🙂 

Sending so much positivity your way! 

Post # 3
4345 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

I’m so sorry, but you will be okay. The most important thing is to keep your diet on track so you can mitigate the effects of the gestational diabetes on your baby and yourself. The biggest risks to the baby are high birth weight and low blood sugar levels when they are born (there are other risks, but those generally don’t arise unless the diabetes is less controlled). The biggest risks to you (and the baby) are pre-eclampsia , high blood pressure and c-section. You might also have a higher risk of type two diabetes later on, so you will want to maintain a healthy diet and habits after delivery, too.

Most women are able to control their gestational diabetes through diet and exercise without medications, and most women with proper medical care have healthy babies. They will monitor the baby for size and watch your blood pressure and sugar levels, but in most cases where gestational diabetes is discovered at this point in the pregnancy, both the mum and the baby will be just fine. Good luck.

Post # 4
461 posts
Helper bee

I was just diagnosed last week with gestational diabetes and I felt bloody awful about it. Still not feeling particularly great about it but it is what it is.

What happened with me (UK Bee so may differ):

I went the day after diagnosis to see a specialist diabetic midwife. She explained about GD being caused by hormones and not in anyway by diet. The pancreas basically can’t function properly with the added pressure of the hormones the placenta is producing. 

If your sugar levels remain uncontrolled this can lead to an overly large baby which has complications for birth. It can also lead to low blood sugar levels in the baby after birth. There are also risks of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus later in life for you.

After she explained all that she have me a blood sugar monitor. I have to check my sugar levels in the morning before eating, and 1 hour after breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a prick on the finger and the drop of blood goes on to a test strip. This goes in a machine which gives my reading 5 seconds later. I was petrified about this but actually it’s really not bad at all. 

I am diet controlled at the moment and that has basically meant I’ve cut down significantly on carbs. I have no sweet things at all and small amounts of whole grain/brown carbs. I always always pair any carb with protein and fat. I.e. A small slice of toast I will eat with avocado and bacon or halloumi for breakfast. Strawberries I eat in a smoothie with spinach and Greek yoghurt and coconut milk.

The idea behind pairing is that protein and fat slow the release of the sugars from the carbs.

It’s been tough to do. Carbs were my go to for everything and so the adjustment week was hard. But I’ve managed to keep my sugar levels within normal limits with this.

The other thing I do is a 10-15 min brisk walk IMMEDIATELY after all meals. I.e. I have my last bite and immediately get up and go. This increases my insulin sensitivity and helps keep the levels down. I also stay reasonably active for the rest of the hour before testing I.e. Do some chores after the walk like the dishes, or folding clothes.

I had my first clinic yesterday and they were pleased with my levels. I had a scan at the appointment to check on baby’s size and it was all fine. I can continue controlling it with diet.

The insulin resistance ramps up after 32 weeks because of the hormone surge so I may not be able to keep it under control with diet going forward.

I’ve been told that the next steps are tablets to stimulate the pancreas (metformin) and then insulin injections if that doesn’t work sufficiently. 

I will not be allowed to go over my due date and may be induced early dependant on how my sugar levels are closer to the time. I also have to give birth in the hospital because of the possible need for extra tests and monitoring. This didn’t bother me as I was planning to go to the hospital rather than a midwife centre anyway. 

I will also have to stay for 24 hours at least afterwards as the baby will need monitoring for sugar levels.


I hope that this helps a little. Please remember that this is manageable, and it’s so much better that’s it’s been diagnosed now. 

I found the following website really really helpful http://www.gestationaldiabetes.co.uk      if you’re in the UK, they have a linked Facebook group. I suspect there will be similar if you are in a different country. 

Hugs…. It will be ok.

Post # 7
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

sugarcloud :  Why did you have your GD test so early?  I had to do a first trimester one because my last baby was so big.  I passed and don’t have to go back until 26-28 weeks i think.

Post # 9
461 posts
Helper bee

sugarcloud :  this is an excellent update, I’m glad you’re feeling positive about it all. 

I’m totally fed up of eating very few carbs but it’s keeping the levels in check so I keep telling myself to suck it up!

I spend a lot of time fantasising about chocolate hobnobs!

Post # 11
1545 posts
Bumble bee

I gave birth last week and was diagnosed with GD at 24 weeks. It wasn’t fun, but I found that eating every 3 hours max (except in the middle of the night) and pre packing snacks (almonds, whole wheat crackers, Greek yogurt, cheese, etc) helped immensely. I also weighed and measured my food because my carb allowances were so strict. 

In the hospital I was monitored for 24 hours post delivery for signs of diabetes. Thankfully my sugars remained normal and I could eat normally again soon after. I will now test again for diabetes in 6 weeks. 

How is it going for you?

Post # 13
461 posts
Helper bee

sugarcloud :  please don’t beat yourself up about it too much. What’s done is done. 

My consultant told me that if I ever had a ‘I shouldn’t have eaten that’ moment, I should immediately go on a 10 min walk and drink water. 

I’m fed up of managing it all now but I’ll keep plodding on…

Post # 15
461 posts
Helper bee

sugarcloud :  I’m just back from my diabetic clinic appointment! They’re pretty pleased with my numbers and I can stay diet controlled at the moment. Another appointment and growth scam in two weeks! 

I’m due at the end of September, 7 weeks (if they let me go to term) left! Not sure if I’m petrified or excited!

Scans are showing her as breech too so I think there’ll be lots of hands and knees stuff to get her to turn!

Really pleased your appointment went well too! We can do this!!

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