Getting diagnosed with gestational diabetes can be a scary time for most mothers. No matter how many times doctors or anyone else tells you that it is a condition that is easily monitored, you still have all sorts of scary thoughts running through your mind. You want to know how gestational diabetes is going to affect you, and most of all how it will affect your baby.
Rest assured, you and your baby are probably just fine. Gestational diabetes truly is an easily monitored and treatable condition. As long as you follow your doctors’ orders, you will likely have a happy and healthy pregnancy.
You will be given some diet and lifestyle changes to follow. These are pretty straightforward healthy diet and lifestyle recommendations. Your dietary restrictions might be strict depending on the seriousness of your condition. You will be recommended to omit simple carbohydrates and sugars from your diet, and to make sure you get some exercise each day.
Most cases of gestational diabetes are controlled with diet and monitoring your blood sugar. This means you may have to test your glucose daily or even multiple times a day. The test may seem scary because you will have to prick your finger, but it is not as bad as it seems and you will get used to it after the first couple times. Depending on your condition, you may need medication, but they are easily administered, usually through pills instead of injections.
If you are vigilant and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, you will probably not experience any issues at all with your pregnancy.
Sometimes gestational diabetes pregnancies result in larger babies. This is one reason that your diet is so closely monitored, because overeating unhealthy foods can make this much worse. Your baby could also be born with unstable blood sugar levels if untreated.
If you follow your doctors’ orders and take care of yourself accordingly, you will likely not experience any problems with your birth at all. You and your baby will be healthy and happy, meeting for the very first time.
For the most part, gestational diabetes does not affect mother or child after the birth. In some cases, many years in the future, mothers who had gestational diabetes have a higher likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. The children of gestational diabetes pregnancies also have a very slightly higher chance of being overweight and developing type 2 diabetes during their lifetimes. This can be combated with a healthy diet and lifestyle, so you will want to continue your healthy habits after your delivery.
Gestational diabetes is much less scary than it sounds when you are diagnosed. There are some effects on mother and child that could be detrimental, but if you are maintaining a healthy diabetes friendly lifestyle you are unlikely to have any issues at all. Talk to your doctor about dietary restrictions and exercise during your pregnancy.