Patient commentary: my experience of gestational diabetes

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1976
  1. Shauna N Finlay, lawyer
  1. 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 …

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