Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy
Gestational diabetes during pregnancy is more common with older women, obese women, or ones who've had it during a previous pregnancy. I am not obese nor was I prior to becoming pregnant, but I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
The OB office will test you around your 28 week mark. They will do one where you fast and one where you do not. And, of course, you get the joy of chugging this "delicious" orange smoother/drink. Yum, yum!
Upon being diagnoses, I was informed I needed to get a diabetes testing kit. They wrote a prescription out for a rather pricey one but I purchased a less expensive one, and it worked just the same (no need to pay for something you won't use for very long).
If you do not watch and regulate your sugar intake, your baby can become too large, thus making delivery more painful for you...or opt for a C-Section if you cannot deliver vaginally. A diabetic diet will also be recommended for you, and you MUST follow it to ensure you do not overload on sugary products. YAY!!
Also, your child's risk for Type 2 childhood diabetes can be increased if you do not follow guidelines.
You will also be tested every time you visit your OB's office, even if you tested yourself a few minutes to coming in. It is just regulation. Yippy!
After delivery, you will also be tested for gestational diabetes as well as your child. My son ended having low blood sugar after delivery but it got better after a few hours. I am hypoglycemic myself though. You will also be tested for diabetes during your stay in the hospital and will be placed on the diabetic diet while there. Many women who have it no longer have diabetes after delivery. However, some keep it or develop it later in life. These were all discussed with me while I was pregnant.
Haha, I shall now refer to it as "the devilish liquid." Yes, it is called Barium. That stuff always came right back up because I could not choke it down nor keep it down.