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Tracey Saverino, Gestational diabetes, US (02:58)
Tracey Saverino and her husband James were full of excitement and joy when they learned that Tracey was expecting their first child.
The couple live in Bronxville, New York and have recently moved into an apartment in the same building that Tracey’s mother and two of her sisters live in. “I have the best family that I could ever imaging having,” Tracey says, “my mom has actually retired so she can stay home to watch my son when I go back to work.
”When Tracey was five months pregnant she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This came as a complete shock and left her feeling scared and guilt-ridden. “I would sit and talk to the baby in my belly and say, ‘I am sorry, and we’ll get better and we’ll eat right.’ And yeah, I did feel guilty because I didn’t know why or how it happened.
”Initially, Tracey was frustrated, thinking that she had been doing everything right during her pregnancy. However she soon realised that it was a blessing in disguise, because she learned to eat healthier and to exercise. “Well, I didn’t have a normal diet before,” she says with a smile, “being Italian we’d always eat pasta.
”Today, Tracey keeps her diabetes under control by sticking to a 2000-calorie diet and measuring her blood glucose several times a day. She visits a nutritionist, who has taught her what she needs to know about a healthy lifestyle, not only to give birth to a healthy baby, but also to prevent developing type 2 diabetes in the future. Last but not least, the gestational diabetes has inspired and made her whole family more aware of the importance of a healthy food intake.
Tracey appreciates the lessons learned through her Gestational Diabetes Mellitus diagnosis. “Having the child is definitely a motivation factor, because I don’t want my child to have diabetes or any side-effects from what I am going through. I want him to be born happy, healthy and not having to worry about diabetes in the future. So that is definitely a controlling factor, a motivation factor for me.”
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