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Looking after your mental health when you have gestational diabetes.

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Why is mental health important when you have diabetes?


Gestational Diabetes Content

Gestational Diabetes Program
Overview
Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Complications
Treatment
Diet
Monitoring
Tools
Mental Health
Prevention

Taking care of your mental health is important and even more so when you have diabetes. If you have diabetes, you are at a higher risk of depression and anxiety, so taking care of all aspects of your health, both physical and mental, is extremely important for your wellbeing.

It is clear that our mental wellbeing is as equally as important as our physical wellbeing. It may perhaps be more important! If we aren’t feeling mentally well and are experiencing any anxiety or depression, it can impact the way we take care of our physical health. One great feature about the diabetes program, is that mental wellbeing is taken into consideration. Throughout the course of the program check-ins are conducted to see how you’re feeling.

































What should I do next?

If you experience any symptoms of gestational diabetes or you have risk factors for developing gestational diabetes, it is important to be tested at 24-28 weeks gestation. Some people are at higher risk than others. If you are 25 years or older or have other risk factors for diabetes, you may require testing earlier in pregnancy. By diagnosing and treating gestational diabetes, it means you can decrease the risk of developing or delay any further health complications of gestational diabetes. These complications can affect both you and your child later in life, for example you are both at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is important to know that diagnosing diabetes should not rely solely on using a Hb A1c test.

Once you learn what your gestational diabetes status is, or if you already have gestational diabetes, the next most important step is to become educated. You can join the Gestational Diabetes Program to help you learn how to manage gestational diabetes and improve health outcomes for you and your child. The program is personalised and tailored, giving you more of the content that you want. The program also helps you to stay motivated and teaches you what changes you need to make.





Interested in more information on gestational diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy?

Follow the links below to learn more about gestational diabetes.

Pregnant woman with gestational diabetes testing blood glucose levels

Monitoring Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes and diet in pregnancy and gestational diabetes

Diet
Gestational Diabetes

My Health Explained has easy to use tools to help track your progress

Tools for Gestational Diabetes

healthy lifestyle to prevent gestational diabetes

Preventing Gestational Diabetes