Diabetes During Pregnancy…Do I Have It?
One of my main reasons for maintaining a regular exercise regime, after I had my first baby, was for my HEALTH. So, it was interesting to learn whether I would have diabetes during pregnancy.
Being fit and slim does give you a great feeling, but when you become a parent, living a long and healthy life may be more of a priority.
As the child of a parent who lives with type 1 Diabetes, I’ve always been aware that a focus on a healthy lifestyle may serve me well. Hoping to keep diabetes at bay.
So What Is Diabetes, and What Are the Main Causes?
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
There are two different types of diagnosis for diabetes…
Type 1 – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
Type 2 – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.
According to the NHS, although there are no lifestyle changes you can make to prevent Type 1 diabetes, being overweight can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
For more information on how to REDUCE YOUR DIABETES RISK, click HERE.
Diabetes During Pregnancy
Better known as Gestational Diabetes is a type of diabetes which can affect pregnant women during their second or third trimester.
Women with gestational diabetes don’t have it before pregnancy, and it usually goes away soon after giving birth.
Between 24-28 weeks, a blood test can diagnose Gestational Diabetes. Your antenatal team can help help you manage diabetes during pregnancy easily.
What Causes Gestational Diabetes?
Well, you guessed it…just like most other conditions which present themselves during pregnancy, those pesky Hormones are responsible once again!!
However, there are some very IMPORTANT things you can do to significantly reduce your risk of developing Gestational Diabetes including; Managing Your Weight, Eating Healthily, and Staying Active.
For more information click HERE.
When I attended my test this week, the process was familiar to me. As a child of a parent with type 1 Diabetes, throughout my pregnancies, I am considered ‘high risk’.
Although I didn’t develop the condition during my first pregnancy, there was no guarantee I wouldn’t have it this time around.
So, What Does the Test Involve?
Prior to my test appointment, I was sent a letter explaining what I had to do beforehand. The purpose was to measure my blood sugar level. Therefore, I was unable to eat or drink anything, other than water, 12 hours prior to the time of my appointment…Not an easy task for someone eating (regularly) for 2!!!
Let’s just say I was like a bear with a sore head when I arrived…#starving
The nursing staff were so lovely and took my blood test straight away. I was then asked to drink a measured cup of a sugary drink.
In order to note any significant changes in my blood sugar, there was then a wait for 2 hrs!!
I was informed of this beforehand and had therefore taken along some work to do whilst I waited…However, I found myself chatting with the other expectant mums, discussing the torture of fasting for a hungry and ACTIVE mum to be!
We laughed about how we had all eaten like there was no tomorrow, right up until the hour we were instructed to stop. We also discussed the uphill struggles of being a busy mum/mum to be. The dilemma of trying to prioritise eating well, and making time to exercise…my favourite subject!! 😉
Find out how I coped with pregnancy hunger and cravings, whilst attempting to maintain a healthy lifestyle in my upcoming blog… near the end of my third trimester.
So Back to My Test Story…
After 2 hours, I had my blood taken again. The advice was to eat something immediately and call the antenatal team the following day.
I can report that my test for gestational diabetes was negative. To help ensure this remains the same up until the end of my pregnancy, I intend to eat well and STAY ACTIVE.
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