Diabetes is caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes in pregnancy is known as gestational diabetes, but what causes it?
Why are we testing and monitoring blood sugar levels? Anyone diagnosed with gestational diabetes should regularly test their blood sugar levels. Sometimes ladies that are higher risk or classed as borderline, or those that have had gestational diabetes in previous
Induction of labour In order for a baby to be born the cervix (neck of the uterus) has to shorten, soften and open and there needs to be contractions. In most pregnancies this process happens naturally between 38 – 42
Hospital bag list for a GD mother Do we need a special hospital bag list with gestational diabetes? Well when it comes to food & drink, yes we do! No you may not be allowed or want to eat during
- What is GD food pairing? One of the most common questions we're asked is what is GD food pairing? My hospital or dietician didn't mention anything to me about pairing foods. Well, the majority won't as it's not typical NHSRead More »
- Gestational diabetes Christmas Survival Guide! Here's your ultimate survival guide to a gestational diabetes Christmas. Dedicated to all our members that are looking at ways to stay on track through the festive period which is packed with food, food, drinkRead More »
- Falling off the wagon Many ladies who are faced with the challenge of a strict gestational diabetes diet may have a time which results in them 'falling off the wagon' so to speak. I've yet to meet a person outRead More »
- The best yoghurts for gestational diabetes Yoghurt can be a great breakfast, snack or 'dessert' which keep blood sugar levels lower and stabilised. They can also be packed with refined sugars, fruit and cereal making them a terrible choice onRead More »
Clinic appointments Following a positive diagnosis of gestational diabetes you will usually be asked to attend hospital for a diabetes clinic appointment, returning for regular appointments throughout the rest of your pregnancy. The frequency of appointments may differ from oneRead more
What are ketones? Ketones are an acid remaining when the body burns its own fat. When the body has insufficient insulin (or cannot use sufficient insulin), it cannot get glucose (sugar) from the blood into the body's cells to use as energyRead more
Complications of gestational diabetes Is my baby at risk of complications now I have gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes is a serious condition which can cause many complications. The advice given by your diabetes health care professionals should be taken seriouslyRead more
Colostrum harvesting Colostrum harvesting is collecting colostrum from the breast. Colostrum is the first secretion from the mammary glands, rich in antibodies. It is a sticky liquid from the nipples which is made before the milk has 'come in' (beforeRead more
The GD Facebook group is the reason I had a healthy little sugar baby
I believe the GD Facebook group is the reason I had a healthy little sugar baby. I was diagnosed at 28 weeks and ended up on 4 Metformin and 10 units of slow release insulin a day within 3 weeks. However without this group I think it could have been so much more medication. The files and Jo helped me to understand food pairing, how to control GD and even how to inject my insulin. My gorgeous little girl was born very healthy at 6lb 10.5oz at 39 weeks plus 5 days with a quick induction and no sliding scale. I have since had my follow up HbA1c test at 13 weeks and my levels are perfect, no further action required and I put this all down to the advice and support from Jo and her other lovely admins. Thank you Jo, you really are my shining star!!!
Finding GD UK Mums Facebook group was a real game changer
I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at my routine Glucose Tolerance Test. I was shocked and upset; I felt guilty that my weight had been responsible as I was still carrying extra weight from my first pregnancy. My midwife was quick to refer me to the diabetic team and stressed how serious the condition could be but there was a real lack of information and (perhaps more importantly) emotional support. Through a baby website I was fortunate to be referred to GD UK Mums Facebook group and it was a real game changer. As well as finding other normal mums going through the same thing it also offered a new way of looking at food. Low carb/high protein & natural fat became the way I was able to manage my blood sugars. I actually lost weight during pregnancy without depriving myself or my growing baby. I also felt so much less anxious leading up to the birth as I had a forum to share my concerns and got great advice from those who had been there. I ended up having a straightforward induction but dread to think how much more scary and lonely the last few months of pregnancy would have been without the help of the group. Huge thanks to Jo for all the hard work she’s put in to helping GD mums
They helped me look after my beautiful daughter
I was naive to think that because I was 24 at the time with a BMI of 20, there’d be no way I’d have GD, I was wrong. I was diagnosed at 29 weeks and as a first time Mum, still struggling with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, I was absolutely terrified. My diabetes team weren’t terrible, but they weren’t great either. I’m a vegetarian and all their suggestions included me going back to eating meat. I then found the GD UK Mums Facebook group at 31 weeks and straight away started getting helpful advice which didn’t involve eating meat. I was given good snack ideas and suggestions to help my sweet tooth craving – something the leaflets from Hospital lacked. I was induced at 39+5 and my beautiful daughter was 7lbs 2oz and perfect. None of my family understood how much of a struggle Gestational Diabetes can be, so having Jo and all of the other ladies in the group was a massive help as they were going through the same. If it wasn’t for this group, I’d have probably been quite poorly due to fear of eating ANYTHING when first diagnosed. They helped me look after my beautiful daughter… Thank you
The Facebook group was a lifeline
When I was told I had GD I found it difficult to accept because it was a symptomless disorder. So hard to suddenly adapt and change your lifestyle when you feel there is nothing wrong! Also there is so much worry when anything is wrong in pregnancy. The Facebook group was a lifeline as I realised there were others out there in the same situation and there was so much support xx
Medication for gestational diabetes
If blood sugar levels cannot be lowered and stabilised through diet and exercise alone then you will need the help of medication in the form of oral tablets and/or insulin to help lower your blood sugar levels. Here are the three things which are used in gestational diabetes to lower levels...