Pregnancy and diabetes

Congratulations you are pregnant! Initially a pink or blue cloud that you are sitting on. But after the 24th week of your pregnancy, it is possible that you will develop gestational diabetes. You need sugar in your body for energy. The body takes sugar from our food and with the help of insulin it is absorbed into your body. Insulin is produced by our pancreas. During pregnancy, more insulin is produced under the influence of pregnancy hormones. If this is not the case, we call it gestational diabetes. What does that mean and how do you deal with it? You can have a blood test done between the 24th and 28th week of your pregnancy. You will first be injected on an empty stomach and then given sugar water to drink. After two hours you will be injected again. When fasting, your blood sugar value should not be higher than 5.3. After you have eaten, or in this case drunk the sugar water, the value should not be more than 6.7.

Diabetes nurse and dietician

The results of your blood test always come to your midwife. If the results differ, the midwife will refer you to the gynecologist in the hospital. The appointment with the gynecologist will initially not differ much from an appointment with the obstetrician. The growth of the child, your blood pressure and a number of questions are asked. The gynecologist will refer you to a diabetes nurse and a dietician.

The diabetes nurse will give you an explanation about the further process. High blood sugar affects the growth of your child. To ensure that your blood sugar has a good value, you will have to test yourself. Initially 4 times a day. Fasting in the morning and then 1.5 hours after each meal. The nurse will give you a meter, with the associated supplies, and a diary. You can keep track of your values in the diary. The nurse will make further arrangements with you about further contact and any checks.

You will also visit the dietician. This will explain how the body removes sugars from your food and what it then does with it. You will also receive an explanation about foods that you should or should not eat. For example, foods containing carbohydrates. Your body gets sugar from carbohydrates. The idea is that you do not eat too many of these foods. In addition, you should also eat them evenly throughout the day.

With the help of a diet, you and the diabetes nurse will check whether your blood sugar can be kept under control. If you are unable to lower the levels with diet, you and the nurse will check whether it is necessary to inject insulin.

Further consequences of gestational diabetes

After giving birth, you will in principle no longer suffer from diabetes. However, there is a higher chance that you will develop diabetes later in life. Being pregnant is fun and definitely a time to enjoy. But it is important that if your blood sugar is too high, you do something about it.