None of these things are complicated in themselves, but they can take some getting used to. Most people find that over time, they get into a routine, but for the first couple of weeks it may feel very new and a little overwhelming.
This section sets out some simple, practical guidance on monitoring glucose levels and injecting insulin. This information has been written to be used alongside the much more detailed training and guidance you should have been given by your healthcare team.
Your emotions and gestational diabetes
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 this website which has a thriving forum with threads discussing every aspect of diabetes.this website
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.
The glycaemic index is a measure of how quickly sugars are released into the bloodstream.
Women who are overweight are at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, although many women who develop it are not overweight at all.
Exercise during pregnancy has a wide range of benefits for you and your baby. If you have gestational diabetes, you have even more reason to exercise: it can help reduce your blood glucose.
If you have diabetes in pregnancy, your choice of food is an important part of managing your condition.
Gestational diabetes is normally treated using a combination of methods: medication and self-care, including diet and exercise.
No one enjoys injections, but an insulin injection is very different to any injection you may have had before.
ℹLast reviewed on March 1st, 2015. Next review date March 1st, 2018.