Gestational diabetes and your mental wellbeing

Most women are daunted initially by the unfamiliar territory they find themselves in with gestational diabetes. Find some tips here on how to cope mentally.

Gestational diabetes and your mental wellbeing

Being diagnosed and treated for gestational diabetes affects different people in different ways. Some women seem to take it in their stride, while others find it very difficult.

A diagnosis of gestational diabetes can change your pregnancy experience overnight, with the extra checks and healthcare appointments. Some find it makes them feel very anxious about their baby, while others feel low about the need to change their diet or take medication. Some feel a sense of loss for the type of pregnancy or birth that they hoped for – although many women who have gestational diabetes do go on to have a normal delivery.

If you are feeling emotional, try to share your feelings with supportive people who you find easy to talk to, whether your partner, friends or relatives, or an approachable healthcare professional. You may also find it helpful to connect with other women with gestational diabetes, or who had it in the past, whether locally or online.

There is a lot of information on wellbeing in pregnancy in the mental health section of our website, including tips on lowering stress levels.

"I was put in a group of women with gestational diabetes. That was really lovely. There was somebody just a few days ahead of me in the whole process, so she could tell me what to expect. It was really good."Katie, mum of two


If you would like to connect with others, visit which has a thriving forum with threads discussing every aspect of diabetes.

If you are struggling to cope, talk to your GP. They may be able to offer you additional support. Diabetes UK also has a variety of support options.

Read more about treatment for gestational diabetes.

    Last reviewed on June 23rd, 2015. Next review date June 23rd, 2018.

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