Here I have a guest post for you from another blogger. Lucie has lost weight since being told she was at risk from Type 2 diabetes and shares her story about the changes she is making and how she discovered she had these health concerns.

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Falling pregnant

September 2016, I was feeling dreadful but didn’t know why! I got a doctor’s appointment and was asked to bring a urine sample with me, assuming it was to check for an infection. The doctor, with his back to me, testing my wee,  asked me what contraceptive pill I was on and then if I had missed any. I very firmly told him that I take my pill like clock work and have never missed one. Then came the bombshell!! “Well you are very much pregnant!”

With a 13 and 10 year old already, I thought my baby making days were long gone!! Shocked is an understatement!

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Finding I had diabetes

After getting over the shock we were all very excited!! With my body being that much older though, the pregnancy was tough. I had pretty much everything thrown at me. A week before baby was born I was diagnosed with Polyhydramnios (Extra fluid around baby) and Gestational Diabetes!

I didn’t have any of this with my older 2 children. It was decided that I would control diabetes by watching what I eat as it was a little late for medication. The baby arrived 10 days before the due date via the planned section. I had a different date booked but had started to dilate so they did it sooner. 

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After the birth

Six weeks after the birth I had my usual check alongside Fraser’s checks. Mine also involved a blood test to check that the Gestational Diabetes had disappeared. The results came back as pre-diabetes! I was a little shocked as I thought it would just go after I had given birth. My doctor wanted the bloods repeated in 3 months. So back I went 3 months later…. only for the bloods to come back again as pre-diabetes!! Now I was getting worried! I was told I’d be referred for a programme through the GP to help with lifestyle changes etc… 14 months down the line I’m still waiting!

I decided I had to make changes myself and have been on a  mission ever since! I have lost 3 and a half Stone so far since baby was born. Not quite done yet. I have about 10lbs to go until I reach my initial target. This is from doing Slimming World from home!

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Keeping check on diabetes

Recently through my blog, I was approached by Lloyds Pharmacy to see if I wanted to help them out with their diabetes campaign. I didn’t realise they ran a Free Diabetes Screening Service!? Did you know? You can make an appointment or just walk into your pharmacy and ask for one! I went to one and it was so helpful!

I was asked a series of lifestyle questions to start with, weight, height, waist measurements are taken and blood pressure was taken twice. They score your answers and if you score over a certain amount you will be offered a finger prick test to get a blood sugar reading.

Mine did warrant a finger prick test and unfortunately, my reading was in the at-risk range still. Even after all my weight loss. I was asked to contact my GP and given a ton of really helpful information to take away with me. I was really impressed with the service and would recommend to anyone who thinks they may be at risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Apparently there are 1.1 million people in the U.K. with undiagnosed Diabetes!!! That’s scary.

So I will carry on with My healthy lifestyle and eating and will go have my bloods re-done at the doctors and hope that I can one day soon get results back telling me that I am all clear of Type 2 Diabetes!

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