"I was 34 weeks pregnant when I was told I had gestational diabetes. Here's how I managed."
Being pregnant with your first baby can be worrying and tiring enough, let alone when you find out you have gestational diabetes. Mum to two healthy boys under four, Amy May tells Mamamia about her experience, and the advice she would give to other pregnant women in the same situation.
“I was 34 weeks pregnant when I was told I needed to see an endocrine specialist to discuss my diagnosis of gestational diabetes. I was shocked because the first of the two tests I had, indicated that my blood glucose levels were only a fraction over the limit and I thought they wouldn’t be concerned.”
Amy’s first test was a ‘fasting tolerance test’, often used as standard practice for all low-risk pregnant women. When her results came back slightly higher than the normal range, she was sent for a full oral glucose tolerance test, which revealed she had gestational diabetes. A relatively common but often misunderstood condition, gestational diabetes affects 12-14 per cent of pregnant women in Australia and is the fastest growing type of diabetes in Australia.
Read more here: https://www.mamamia.com.au/gestational-diabetes/