Patient commentary: my experience of gestational diabetesBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1976 (Published 11 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1976
- Shauna N Finlay, lawyer
- 1Edmonton, Canada
I was 39 when I had my first child, and for the first seven months, my pregnancy proceeded without incident or concern. I was a slender, fit, and healthy white woman, and during my pregnancy I kept active and well. Except for my age, I had no reason to think I would be at risk of developing gestational diabetes. I had no risk factors or family history.
When given the forms for routine testing for gestational diabetes at the beginning of my third trimester, I promptly forgot about them. Although I was told about the requirement to have the test, I am not sure I understood the chance of the result being positive or its implications. About a month into my third trimester, my obstetrician …