Gestational diabetes only appears during pregnancy. It can happen at any stage of pregnancy, but is more common in the second or third trimester. It usually disappears shortly after giving birth.
It happens when your body cannot produce enough insulin – a hormone that helps control blood sugar levels. It can cause your baby to grow larger than normal and can increase the possibility of a C-section or having labour induced.
Having gestational diabetes also means you're at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes you may be feeling worried or anxious, but it is quite common and with early diagnosis and proper management, it can be easily treated.
Reducing the Risk
These tips may help most people with preventing gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Some people will still develop it, no matter how healthy their lifestyle is.
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk;
Gestational Diabetes, What Next?
If you have been told you have gestational diabetes you may be feeling a little anxious. Instead of worrying, try and focus on managing it.
Gestational diabetes is treatable and can be managed with some simple lifestyle changes;
Try and stay calm and remind yourself that it is treatable. Your health care team is ready to provide support for you and help you make healthy lifestyle choices that could last a lifetime.
Coping With Gestational Diabetes
Some women can feel worried and anxious when they’re pregnant. Finding out you have gestational diabetes might make these feelings worse.
If you’re feeling anxious, talk to your care team and ask for support. This support might come from healthcare professionals, voluntary organisations or other services.
If you feel worried and would like more advice you can speak to your midwife, doctor or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below.