Gestational diabetes and me

Dr Chee is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with more than 13 years of experience. Her current practice includes all areas of general obstetrics and gynaecology. She sub-specialises in Maternal Fetal Medicine with expertise in areas such as First Trimester Screening for Down Syndrome and high-risk pregnancy.

There are many factors that contribute to a high risk pregnancy. Sometimes, a condition can go unnoticed without any visible signs or symptoms. This is why it is extremely important that you go for regular antenatal appointments with your doctor throughout the course of your pregnancy.

S was 28 weeks pregnant when she visited Dr Chee Jing Jye at The Obstetrics & Gynaecology Centre. S told her gynaecologist that she was feeling good and that her baby was moving regularly. Other than feeling more thirsty than usual, she did not have any cause for concern.

Revealing through regular screening

During the check-up, the gynaecologist went through the same procedure of taking S’s blood pressure and urine sample. The results of the urine test indicated that S had a higher level of glucose, which could indicate that she had gestational diabetes.

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. Similar to other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects the way your body breaks down sugar (glucose). GDM is one of the most common health problems during pregnancy, developing in around 4% of pregnant women.

S was recommended by her gynaecologist to test for GDM by taking the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). GDM typically occurs during the third trimester of pregnancy for those at risk – OGTT is the only way to diagnose this condition. Doctors will usually recommend this screening test to women who have a high risk of developing GDM (or show signs of it), when they are 28 weeks pregnant. 

What are the risks of gestational diabetes? Click on page 2 to find out…