Pregnancy Comes In All Shapes And Sizes: Diabetes with Eva from CaptainBobCat
Thank you to Eva from CaptainBobCat blog for telling us about her experience of being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes in her second pregnancy. This story highlights the importance of routine screening.
“Mum of Captain Bobcat. Travel expert. Champagne hippie with a green heart. Yoga-believer. Vegetarian. Homes: London-Ibiza-Budapest.”
Please tell us a little bit about your family?
I have a little boy, who’s 3 years old and a baby girl turning one next month. With my first child I didn’t develop gestational diabetes (I was screened, because my dad suffers from diabetes), only with my second.
Did you have pre existing diabetes or was diabetes detected in your pregnancy?
No, and only developed by the second pregnancy.
If diabetes was detected during your pregnancy, how did this happen? Routine screening due to BMI/ ethnicity/history or suspicions raised from your antenatal appointments?
Routine screening, since my dad has diabetes.
If detected in pregnancy how did you feel about the diagnosis?
I was totally surprised as first I didn’t know much about gestational diabetes and I assumed it’s down to my diet and lifestyle. Now, I’m a vegetarian, eat healthy, do yoga, play tennis. Then I learned that the it’s caused by the pregnancy hormones. This means, little you can do about it, in terms of restricting or changing your diet. We initially tried to control it with changes in my diet and tablets. But soon, as I was approaching the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I was put on insulin injections twice a day, as my baby was getting too big.
Did you feel that you received adequate specialist care and advice during your pregnancy?
Yes. All through NHS.
Did you diabetes affect your birth choices? If so how?
Yes. I had to be induced at 38 weeks.
Please share a brief account of your birth experience.
Luckily, when showing up in the hospital for my induction, upon the check up it turned out that I am in fact in labour, at the earliest stage, so I was moved to the labour ward (after waiting more than 24 hrs for a free birth suite), and I received all the infusions. Including one to bring the blood sugar level down as that spiked soon after starting the induction and oestrogen too. From there it was fairly fast and no complications (little more blood loss as normal, but ok).
Did the baby suffer any complications following birth such as low blood sugars?
How has your diabetes been since you had your baby?
Luckily, it disappeared.
A note on Gestational Diabetes:
Gestational Diabetes can develop at any stage of pregnancy and certain women are more likely to develop it for example – if you’ve had it before, you have an immediate relative with diabetes, you are overweight, you are of a certain ethnic background. During an antenatal booking appointment all pregnant women fit into the criteria for screening will be tested at 28 weeks of pregnancy for diabetes by a Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. Alternatively if during your pregnancy you have a couple of occasions of glycosuria (sugar in urine) or you have a large baby growing you will be offered the OGGT too.
If you would like to know more about the OGGT click here