As part of your antenatal programme be sure to have your Oral Glucose Tolerance Test from 24-28 weeks. This test is available to all pregnant women and helps to detect a condition known as Gestational Diabetes. This is a form of diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy and requires further specialist involvement during your pregnancy. If diagnosed you may be at risk of delivering a large baby, having low blood sugar for you and baby and in more serious cases baby may have difficulty breathing after delivery. It’s important to remember that most women with Gestational Diabetes have normal healthy babies.
The test consists of having a blood test followed by a sugary drink and a further blood test 1 and 2 hours later.
Treatment of Gestational Diabetes in pregnancy usually consists of education about healthy eating and exercise, blood sugar monitoring and in some cases oral medication or insulin injections.
If you have any further questions please pop by and see me in clinic.