The Truth about Gestational Diabetes…(My experience)
Pregnancy no matter how long or short is an incredible blessing and journey. Amidst all the complications and technicalities that may arise, being pregnant and growing a life inside me has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
With all the check ups and appointments that come with pregnancy, it is routine to get tested for Glucose Tolerance in between 24 and 28 weeks. This test essentially demonstrates how effective your body produces insulin and how well/poorly your body processes your blood glucose levels.
So at my 26 week midwife appointment I took the OGTT part 1. This test consists of drinking a sugary glucose drink and a blood test one hour later. I got my results and was told that my numbers were slightly elevated and that I would need to proceed to part 2.
The following weekend I went in for my OGTT part 2. My results were slightly elevated again at the 1 hour and 2 hour marks. It was very discouraging and I couldn’t help but feel that I had done something wrong and that it was my fault.
After doing some research I learned that although there are factors that increase the likelihood of having gestational diabetes, there were some things that were out of my control; such as were my hormone levels.
To say the least gestational diabetes was a bit challenging. Having to record everything I ate and having to prick myself every two hours after meals was somewhat annoying and I would almost fear eating too much resulting in high blood glucose readings. To make matters worse if my sugars were high it would stress me out and effect my meals and levels thereafter.
Some people are able to control their diabetes with diet and exercise. I unfortunately had to take insulin; which caused me to lose my midwives and be transferred to an ob.
I was so diligent in my diet and started to walk as much as I could for the remainder of my pregnancy. My numbers started to improve and I was getting used to the strict routine and diet I set for myself. I have to say that taking insulin before every meal and at bedtime was also a hassle but I wanted to ensure that my baby boy was growing healthy inside my womb, so I did what I had to do.
The weeks went by slowly and the blood glucose monitoring continued right until I was in active labour. Since I had gestational diabetes my son was also monitored after he was born.
In the end, the takeaway I had was to try to control my diet and weight before getting pregnant again and start exercising regularly. Having gestational diabetes oddly taught me to become aware of what I ate and taught me to follow a strict schedule of eating, checking my sugars and taking insulin to control my gdm.
Although I was taking insulin to help my blood glucose numbers I am so thankful that the amount of insulin I was taking was relatively low and that it did improved over time.
Have you had gestational diabetes? Were you able to control it with diet and exercise or were you insulin dependent?
Stay strong and beautiful!