The lack of obvious symptoms is confusing and can make some women doubt that they have it. This is also why every woman is questioned on possible risk factors for gestational diabetes during the booking appointment. If you have some of the risk factors you will then be tested to check whether you have it.
- being very thirsty
- having a dry mouth
- needing to wee a lot
- being tired
- repeated infections, such as thrush
- blurred vision.
"I wasn’t obviously skinny, but I wasn’t massively obese either… I had no symptoms whatsoever. I had no expectation that the Lucozade test would be anything other than a formality."Beth, mum of two
If you have these symptoms during your pregnancy, tell your midwife or GP. If they are caused by gestational diabetes, you need to find out as quickly as possible, so you and your healthcare team can take action to reduce the risks for you and your baby.
Help and support managing gestational diabetes
For most women, glucose levels return to normal the moment the baby is born, when your hormones return to their natural levels, and you will stop any treatment immediately.
Today, for women with gestational diabetes, the emphasis is on trying to keep the birth as normal as possible unless there is a particular reason to do things differently.
Some women can control their glucose levels through diet and exercise alone but the majority will need to take tablets or injections to help control it.
Once you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, your pregnancy care will change. This is to make sure that everything is done to reduce the risk of any harm to you and your baby.
If you have gestational diabetes, you will have been told that gestational diabetes holds risks to the mother and baby, but women tell us they are not always clear exactly what those risks are.
- NHS Choices [accessed August 2014] Gestational diabetes - symptoms.http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/gestational-diabetes/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
ℹLast reviewed on March 1st, 2015. Next review date March 1st, 2018.