Emotional wellbeing during pregnancy
A gestational diabetes diagnosis can come as a shock. You may experience a lot of emotions, including anger, sadness, denial or fear. If these emotions become too difficult to deal with, it’s important to talk to your doctor or seek professional help.
The pressure of monitoring and managing diabetes can be stressful – and stress can cause fluctuations in blood glucose levels, as well as having an impact on your overall mental health. It’s important not to panic as this will put additional stress on you and your baby.
Try to set realistic expectations and practical strategies for dealing with your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Keep perspective on what you can realistically manage at the moment, accept that you can’t control everything and look for support from family, friends or others who can relate to your situation.
Speak to your healthcare team if you need support to manage the emotional impact of your gestational diabetes. Often we’re reluctant to reach out, but help from a professional can provide you with the support and strategies you need to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Here are some ways to help keep your emotional wellbeing and mental health on track:
- Join a diabetes or pregnancy support group
- Seek professional counselling if you feel overwhelmed
- Make healthy lifestyle choices, including a balanced diet and regular exercise
- Do something you enjoy every day
Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes can be challenging. Don’t forget family and friends can offer comfort and support. Take time to discuss your feelings with your family and friends.
If you need more guidance and support, call Diabetes NSW & ACT on 1300 342 238 or visit a diabetes educator, your GP or your local community health centre.