Learning that you have gestational diabetes can feel tragic for some women. The emotional challenges with gestational diabetes, the added stress, and fear, along with already heightened emotions, can feel overwhelming.
Many women, after being diagnosed, feel very scared for their own health as well as the health of their unborn children. They get wrapped up in their own research and then panic over horror stories found on the Internet or just feel hopeless.
Probably one of the most common, and understandable, feelings after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, is the injustice of it all. Why me? What did I do wrong? These are common questions, and it is understandable that you might feel responsible. It is even more understandable to be very scared and worried about the future and your pregnancy.
Try to stay calm.
It is easy to get overwhelmed with the fear that something bad might happen to your unborn baby, but you don’t have to panic. Your doctor will help you every step of the way, and if you follow directions you and your baby will very likely be just fine. It is important that you breathe and try not to panic. You don’t need to have elevated blood pressure on top of everything else, after all.
Your baby needs you to do what your body is made to do, and that is deal with whatever may come to ensure that your baby is healthy and happy. Right now what your baby needs is for you to be calm and receptive to the instructions given to you by your doctors. Gestational diabetes is by no means a death sentence, nor does it mean that your baby is necessarily in any danger.
Follow Doctor’s orders.
If you closely follow directions given to you by your doctors, you will have little to no trouble navigating the world of gestational diabetes.
Most cases just require that you monitor your blood sugar levels, eat a healthy balanced diet, and get a little exercise. Some cases might require that you take medications. Very advanced cases might require that you give yourself shots, but even that part isn’t as bad as what your mind thinks when you are afraid.
Testing your blood sugar might sound scary because you have to poke yourself to draw blood, but it is easier than you might think and you will get used to it quickly. Try to release yourself from the fear and just remember that this is a small step you need to take until your little one is born.
It isn’t your fault.
While the occurrence of gestational diabetes is on the rise, a very small percentage of women are diagnosed. The occurrence rate is between 3% and 10% depending on which studies you read.
There are some indicators, such as being overweight, that can make your chances of developing gestational diabetes more likely but even that does not put you at fault. There are women who are very healthy and fit that develop gestational diabetes as well.
The reason that gestational diabetes happens hasn’t quite been figured out yet, but it comes down to many factors. One of these factors might include a family history of glucose intolerance. There are also studies being done that suggest that some people’s genes are more receptive to diabetes than others, and that pregnancy might activate this gene characteristic.
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