23 weeks later, not what you want to hear…
As I entered the 24th week of my pregnancy, my doctor asked me to get a routine blood sugar test done. The test revealed that I had developed Gestational Diabetes, a type of diabetes that is commonly seen in pregnant women. For a moment, I didn’t know how to react. My head was buzzing many questions and I was concerned for the safety of my unborn child. I decided to know more about this condition and chart a strategy to beat it.
While my sugar levels were normal before I conceived, they shot up in the second half of my pregnancy. Since GD does not have any apparent or unique symptoms, we came to know about it only from my blood report. I did not experience constant thirst, hunger or the urge to urinate frequently, so, we really thought there was nothing to worry about.
I was very worried about the effects of this on my baby and whether there would be complications during and after delivery. My doctor said that with GD there are risks to the child but she assured me that she would do everything to get me a healthy baby. That was very comforting.
I learnt from my doctor that elevated blood sugars can cause the baby to grow bigger because the sugars cross the placenta and cause the baby’s pancreas to produce insulin due to which it grows in size. GD can also result in preterm delivery, respiratory distress syndrome or hypoglycaemia in such babies once they are born. I was shocked to hear all this, but my doctor assured me that with proper exercise, diet and regular monitoring, I can deliver a healthy baby, with minimum or no complications.
My blood sugar levels were above 130 mg/dL and so, I had to keep a constant check on them. My doctor teamed me up with a nutritionist and together we charted a daily routine for me to follow. She pointed out that making a few changes in my diet and exercise routine can help control my sugar levels. A diet plan that included a balanced mixture of complex carbohydrates that were rich in fibre, foodstuffs that were high protein sources and healthy fat foods was created for me.