My Experience With Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

What Is Gestational Diabetes?

Basically, Gestational Diabetes is a form a diabetes diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy. It affects how your body interacts with sugar and can cause issues with pregnancy and delivery. 

While pregnant, your placenta produces a hormone that causes glucose to build up in your blood. Normally, your pancreas would be able to produce enough insulin to handle it. However, if it can’t that’s when you are diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.

The severity of your case also determines whether you can be diet controlled or need additional medication. Currently, I’m controlling my diabetes with diet changes. 

On the bright side, it’s called Gestational Diabetes for a reason. It usually goes away after delivering the baby. Yay! 

How I Found Out I Had It

When I was about 16 weeks pregnant I got tested for Gestational Diabetes. Normally, you get tested when you’re between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, but since I’d had it with my last pregnancy they wanted me tested early. 

I was so nervous about the results, because it’s really not fun to be pregnant and on a diet. Thankfully, my OB called to let me know I’d passed! I can’t tell you how much of a (short-lived) relief that was. 

Fast forward to a few weeks later. 

I’d switched to a midwife practice and was quickly informed that I’d have to retake the test. Woo hoo. Apparently, I’d been tested too early and GD tends to show up later in pregnancy. 

To make a long story short, after two long hours and three blood draws I finished my test. 

The next day, I received the lovely news that I’d failed my test and would need to begin seeing a dietician and maternal fetal medicine to monitor my diabetes. My heart was literally broken. 

I felt like I’d failed my body and my baby. And also all of my pregnancy cravings were out the window. All with about three more months of pregnancy to go. 

How I Manage It

So like I mentioned earlier, my GD is managed by maternal fetal medicine (essentially where high risk pregnancies are seen for extended testing) and a dietician. 

I have to take my blood sugar four times a day. One 15 minutes after I wake up, and then two hours after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Then I have to fax my log to my doctor once a week for them to review. 

If my numbers are consistently high, especially my fasting number (right after I wake up), then I will have to be put on insulin shots that I’ll have to give myself one to two times a day in addition to taking my blood sugar. Also, I’ll have to be induced before 39 weeks, so I’m doing everything in my power to avoid that.

I also have to see them once a month for an ultrasound to make sure that baby is growing the way he should and doing well. 

Once I hit 36 weeks however, I will be seeing them once a week for an ultrasound and non-stress test. A non-stress test is basically when I get two monitors strapped around my belly to monitor his movement, heartbeat, and contractions if I’m having any. It usually lasts about 20 minutes, however it can be longer if baby isn’t cooperating. 

Long story short, if I had to get a pregnancy complication, I guess GD is a great one to have because it’s so manageable, but it still sucks. Thankfully, me and little man have been doing great with a few dietary changes, and physical exercise every now and then. Let me know in the comments if you’ve had GD before and how it affected your pregnancy!

gestational diabetes
Jazmin Maybell
  1. Thank you for sharing and bringing awareness to this! As a mother 4 times in 4 years, I was SHOCKED when I didn’t pass the 1st glucose test with kid 4.

  2. Ironically there seems to be a lot of people who aren’t familiar with this. As a mother of four I was tested a lot and they always seem shocked that I passed all my tests. I know it’s scary waiting for it I can only imagine the terror of finding out it’s positive.

  3. As a nurse I was aware of gestational diabetes but didn’t have it during my first pregnancy. I was so nervous taking that glucose test. Thank you for sharing your story!

  4. I had gestational diabetes with both pregancies and managed it pretty well both times. The only thing I didn’t like was the daily finger pricking.

    1. I literally hate pricking myself all the time! It’s my second time too, but it wasn’t very well monitored by my first office so I ended up not keeping up with the measurements very well.

  5. First of all thanks for sharing this with us, it’s a great help and very informative. Definitely, a great reference that is having experience the same condition in the near future or a present.

  6. Bring awareness to gestational diabetes can support so many women. I remember when I was first pregnant- I had so many questions surrounding this topic. And I’m sure many other women to be will as well.

  7. That test is the worst test to take when being pregnant. I had extreme morning sickness with my pregnancies and I barely held down that drink. I am lucky that I never had gestational diabetes. I can’t imagine having to go through that while being pregnant.

  8. Thank you for sharing your experience. This is very informative and helpful for pregnant moms. Happy to know that you were able to manage it.

  9. It is such a shock! With my daughter, I failed the first test and barley passed the second. I looked up so much information about it. Thanks for sharing your journey with it!

  10. My first pregnancy was a breeze – no complications at all (thankfully). My second pregnancy brought gestational high blood pressure towards the end, and my third had high blood pressure just about the whole time. I’m so grateful that medicine has the knowledge and ability to treat both the high blood pressure and gestational diabetes! Great article!

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