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Just Been Diagnosed?

“I had a great obstetrician. He said it wasn’t my fault, don’t panic, that we could start by looking at diet and exercise and taking it from there.”

 

Image PregnancyBeing diagnosed with gestational diabetes can be upsetting. You might be feeling scared and worried about your baby. You are not alone in having these thoughts; however it is important to remember that the majority of women with gestational diabetes have a healthy pregnancy, normal delivery and a healthy baby.

Gestational diabetes is becoming more common in Australia, affecting thousands of pregnant women. Hopefully the more people know about GDM, then more can be done to control and monitor it and reduce risks.  

What You’ll Find Here

Symptoms
What to Expect
Telling Other People
More Information 

Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes

The onset of gestational diabetes usually occurs in the 24-28th week of pregnancy. You may not have any symptoms, but your obstetrician will pick it up in a blood test.

Symptoms people with gestational diabetes might experience include:

  • blurred vision
  • feeling very thirsty
  • feeling very hungry
  • peeing a lot
  • getting thrush
  • high blood pressure
  • feeling tired

But having one or more of these symptoms doesn’t mean that gestational diabetes is necessarily the cause. Many of these can occur during a normal pregnancy anyway. However if you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor or obstetrician so they can check you out. 

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What to Expect

You may find that you react in many different ways to your gestational diabetes. There are times when you’ll feel that you can cope and other times when it may be quite overwhelming, especially because you are pregnant as well. This site can’t tell you how to feel about it, only you will know what it is like and how you feel on any given day.


It can be challenging at first but always remember that there are people who can help you. The management of gestational diabetes is a team effort, involving you, your family, doctor, obstetrician (and sometimes other specialists), dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE). There are three basic components that you can control to effectively manage gestational diabetes. They involve:

  • monitoring blood glucose levels
  • adopting healthy eating patterns
  • physical activity

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Telling Other People

It’s up to you if, when and who you tell about having gestational diabetes. There can be confusions and different ideas about gestational diabetes. Your doctor or CDE should be able to give you advice about how to tell your friends/family/workmates … but only you can decide when. It’s good to tell at least a few people (family, close friends and colleagues), so they’re aware you have gestational diabetes and they’ll be able to watch out for you. People close to you can offer great support and light-hearted moments which is important. 

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More information

Find more information on the NDSS Gestational Diabetes website or at gestational diabetes.

Diabetes Australia endorsed the production of an informative DVD all about gestational diabetes through the Strategic Development Grant under the National Diabetes Services Scheme.  It is available in six different languages (English, Vietnamese, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese and Turkish).

Download: Understanding Gestational Diabetes DVD Order Form


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