Happy Monday everyone! Hope your pregnancies are running smoothly and surely!

Today I would like to talk about gestational diabetes. A pregnancy test screening for glucose levels between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, which is although not mandatory is highly important. The test can be done earlier if you have a high glucose level in your urine during your routine prenatal visits, or if you pose a high risk for diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (diabetes) that starts or is found during pregnancy, which usually goes away once you’ve delivered your baby.

During pregnancy, your body has to produce extra insulin to meet your baby’s needs, especially when he’s growing rapidly. If your body can’t make enough insulin, you may end up with too much sugar in your blood, resulting in GD.

Having too much sugar in your blood may mean that your baby grows large.

 This increases your chances of having an induced labour, and a caesarean birth.

GD, especially if it’s not controlled, even raises the risk of a baby being stillborn. That’s why it’s so important to follow the advice of your midwife or doctor if you’re diagnosed with GD.”

GD test is a rather simple test, you have to fast for 1hr before the appointment (no drinking or eating) and you have to drink a liquid that contains glucose, 100 grams. It is an impossibly sweet drink, it feels like water with about 50 spoons of sugar. Surprisingly my baby slept through the ordeal, didn’t go crazy in the womb. In case you didn’t know babies in womb respond to sugar, cold water and hot drinks and start moving around and kicking. When you get to your NHS midwife or GP they will draw blood from you to analyse whether your sugar levels are too high.
So all in all it is well worth it, so I suggest every pregnant lady does it, sometimes it may seem that you wont have it, but if you didn’t know-there are thin people who also have diabetes. Better be sure than sorry. This is all of rambling for today, have a great week everyone!