Gestational diabetes is one of the conditions that midwives will be looking out for during your normal visit schedule. If you have it, it will be spotted through tests.
Your ‘booking visit’ is your first consultation with your midwife or GP to talk about your pregnancy. This normally occurs around 8 — 12 weeks of pregnancy.
During that visit, the midwife or GP will perform some regular tests (tests offered to every lady) and ask great deals of questions. A few of the concerns will help learn if you are at risk of developing gestational diabetes (they will be seeking to see if you have any of the risk factors). If you are considered at high risk, you will be used a test.
Accepting these tests is essential because if you have gestational diabetes, there is a small increased risk of major birth complications. Learning if you have it and dealing with the condition can minimize those risks.
The crucial things you have to understand are:
- If you are at risk of gestational diabetes however do not take the test, it cannot be found and treated. This may increase the risk to you and your baby.
- If you are identified with gestational diabetes, you will have more check-ups and additional care during your pregnancy and labour.
- In some women, gestational diabetes reacts to modifications in diet and workout, while others will need to take medication, which might remain in the form of tablets or insulin injections.
“I wasn’t obviously skinny, however I wasn’t massively obese either… I had no symptoms whatsoever. I had no expectation that the Lucozade test would be anything aside from a formality.”
Beth, mum of two
What if I had gestational diabetes in an earlier pregnancy?
If you have had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy, you need to take action before you conceive again. You need to be scanned for diabetes when you are planning your pregnancy to make sure that your blood glucose levels are safe. You likewise need to be checked as soon as possible after your reservation consultation or might be given a set to monitor your very own glucose levels. If your outcomes are normal, you will be checked again later in your pregnancy, just to be sure.
The test for gestational diabetes – the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)/Lucozade test
Gestational diabetes is evaluated with the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). This is understood in some cases as ‘the Lucozade test’, as individuals frequently drink Lucozade, a sugary drink, at action 3, below. The test is basic, and will not hurt you or your baby. It may be carried out at your usual clinic or at a special diabetes center.
Step 1 You will generally be asked to eat absolutely nothing and drink only water the night before and on the morning of the test.
Step 2 A nurse takes a blood sample from you to determine your blood glucose level.
Step 3 You drink a glucose (sugary) drink.
Step 4 After two hours, the nurse takes another blood sample and measures your blood sugar level, to see how your body processed the sugars in the glucose drink.
Tip: You should not eat anything between the two tests, but if you don’t live near the clinic it’s a great idea to bring a treat with you, as you will most likely be starving later on.