Week’s pregnant: 27
Baby size in vegetables: cauliflower
I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which is a condition that affects approximately 1 in 20 pregnant women. What happens is that pregnancy hormones interfere with the body’s ability to process insulin which makes your blood glucose level rise too high.There are certain women who are more likely to get it than others – being overweight, being of a particular ethnicity,having a family history and being over 35 being the most common causes. When I went to be tested I thought my chances were pretty low since my only risk factor is my age but it turns out that 1 in 10 older pregnant women get GD and I am one of them.
To say that I was devastated by the news is an understatement. I completely fell apart – not because I now have to follow a sugar free, low carb diet but because I feel like I have put Little O at risk. He is more likely to be a very big baby, suffer distress at birth or even die soon after birth… and in later life he has an increased risk of diabetes and obesity. Apparently there is nothing I could have done to prevent this and the fact that I exercise regularly and mostly eat well count in my favour but it’s hard to absolve myself from responsibility and coming to terms with all of it is a daily struggle. I am especially upset that the idea of having an all natural water birth when Little O was ready to make his appearance is pretty much out of the window and I am likely to either be induced or have a c-section at 38 weeks. These are the two things I really wanted to avoid. There’s also a good chance I will now develop full diabetes at some point in my life.
Right now I am working on controlling my blood glucose numbers by eating the right foods and also trying to keep myself calm. I test my blood four times a day and measure it against a target my diabetes nurse gave me. The diet appears to be working because I haven’t had any over target figures yet but only time will tell. If it doesn’t work I might have to take medication. In terms of the calmness I am doing a lot less well and poor Mr O has been stuck with an emotional rollercoaster I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. How he still has a smile on his face is anyone’s guess. I am an extremely lucky lady.