Today’s real life experience about Gestational Diabetes from our honorable member Jenny Pirks. Hope, this will help you to take right decision when you face Gestational diabetes.
Jenny Pirks is talking about her gestational diabetes
My first experience of Gestational Diabetes was when I was pregnant for the first time in 2010. I had a high BMI (37) and a family history of late onset type 2 diabetes (both parents) so I took the GTT test at 26 weeks pregnant. At that time I took this test, I had already taken several weeks off work with quite bad morning sickness and then with bad migraines. I also had SPD. I failed the GTT and was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I was upset, but not surprised by the diagnosis. I had an appointment with a nurse educator to show me how to test my blood sugars and then a dietitian appointment where I was advised what to eat and what to avoid. This was limited in use, as it is to an extent trial and error as to what different people can and can’t eat when they have diabetes. I found I was very sensitive to carbohydrates spiking my blood sugars. Within two weeks I was injecting insulin before meals to help control my blood sugars.
I found towards the end of my first pregnancy that the insulin was actually making it harder to control my blood sugars. I had quite frequent hypoglycemic episodes – especially at night and would wake feeling dreadful and have to get up and eat. Labor was induced at 38+5 weeks and I gave birth naturally to my first daughter at exactly 39 weeks, 48 hours after induction began. Unfortunately, with hindsight, I feel the induction and interventions that I agreed to in the hospital slowed down my labor and made it impossible for me to have an active birth.
So, when I fell pregnant a second time in 2013, I did a lot of research and found that it is possible for some women with Gestational Diabetes to control with diet alone and to go to full term without requiring early induction. I looked into the risks to baby and Mum and decided if at all possible I would do my best to try to avoid induction in this second pregnancy. In fact I have managed to avoid so far being given insulin and am controlling my blood sugars (still, at 35 + 2 weeks) with diet and Metformin tablets. I signed up with an independent midwife service, so that my care would not be completely in the hands of the hospital. That help and support has been invaluable, as I have encountered consultants adamant that I should simply submit to the same level of intervention and induction as happened last time, with no particular reason other than that I have Gestational Diabetes. Looking into the research on it, there is not necessarily any great risk in going to full term when you have GD, as long as your blood sugars are well controlled. When blood sugars are not under control and a lot of hyperglycemia happens, there is a great risk of the placenta maturing very quickly and before the 40 week point and there is a small chance of still birth. So, in this pregnancy, unless I have further complications, start to have a lot of high blood sugars, and as long as baby is measuring within normal range and not suffering the effects of macrosomia (excess fat deposits around the abdomen and shoulders due to over-exposure to glucose in the womb) then I hope to avoid induction and aim to go into labor naturally and deliver without interventions as far as I can. So far, things are looking good for this outcome. All my scans have shown baby measuring within normal levels, so I am hopeful for a shorter, more natural labor this time.
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