Dipika is a pharmacist who specializes in diabetes. With her first-born, she experienced Gestational diabetes, which is more common amongst pregnant women than we had realized. In this post, she shares with us the medical advice and the treatment she was given, along with feelings of her personal experience.
I was around 24 weeks pregnant with my first-born when my OB/GYN told me I had gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a form of diabetes you only get while being pregnant. The exact cause is unknown but thought to be due to the production of hormones from the placenta. These hormones block the production of insulin from the pancreas which in turn increases the glucose (i.e. sugar) in the mother’s blood. I wasn’t exactly surprised or scared to hear that I had GDM as I have a long family history of diabetes. Even though my family history made me higher risk, it’s important to note that ANYONE can develop GDM as it’s more the production of hormones from the placenta. [Read more…]