Becky Conconnan, 34, from Kidderminster, has had gestational diabetes during both of her pregnancies.
“I developed gestational diabetes when pregnant with my first daughter, Maisie, but was able to successfully control my blood sugar through her diet by carefully planning with health professionals.
'Someone else needs me'
“I was struggling with pregnancy hormones; you don’t feel hungry and you can get cut off from food,” she says. “But it’s just being sensible about what you do eat – I realised that it wasn’t just about me, but someone else needs me to look after myself.”
Becky was worried about the risks for Maisie – but contrary to estimates made during advance scans, she had a normal weight birth.
Becky says that she had a good source of information and support from her mum, who has Type 2 diabetes; and also from her local diabetes unit, who were available on the phone whenever she needed them. The number of appointments she needed were roughly treble those a pregnant woman without diabetes would require. But while the gestational diabetes caused problems, it was manageable.
Planning was key
When Becky was pregnant with her second daughter, Dulcie, she developed gestational diabetes again, and this time had to inject insulin. It was an unwelcome development that she did not like having to do. But again, support helped to ensure that Dulcie’s birth went to plan.
Becky says: “The unit was great on providing advice on how to administer insulin, knowing what to eat from the Diabetes UK website, and the emotional side of it. I felt guilty and there was the fear there would be complications.”
Since then Becky has gone on to overhaul her lifestyle, losing over nine stone, down from 22 stone, and so far has avoided developing Type 2 diabetes.
Sports day joy
“We’re just so active now,” she says. “I made a whole lifestyle change and now do different sports and have built a whole new network of friends. I was able to go to take part in my daughter’s sports day in the fun race. It absolutely made my day.”
Her advice to others in her position? “It can be scary but listen to your medical professional’s advice and you can get through it."