I am a volunteer here with Type 1 diabetes. I can speak only from experience of the symptoms of diabetes but if you are worried it is easy to have a simple blood test to confirm your symptoms. For me excessive thirst and urination were the most apparent feelings. But I do also experience nausea and fatigue if my blood sugars are running very high. There is a higher risk of developing diabetes if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes so I would recommend you seeing your doctor, he or she would obviously be the best source of information. I think nightmare is a strong statement should you have developed diabetes. Although it does take quite a bit of effort to control it is something that is absolutely manageable and you can live a normal life as long as you take the necessary steps to stay in good health. Diet plays a major role in this. Nutritionists are a great source to help understand what foods are most beneficial in maintaining your desired weight, keep your diabetes under control as well as giving you the balanced nutrition you need. Most insurance companies will cover this type of doctors visit. It will make you feel much better physically and mentally. I hope this has helped please stay in touch should you have any further questions.
I'm another volunteer and agree with CG -- best to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. How 'bout calling him/her in the morning?
To lose weight safely really takes a balanced approach, and many of us are impatient for that. Still, for the sake of your family, if not for yourself, *do* get professional guidance on balancing food choices with activity levels. If you are borderline diabetic, those steps will help that, too. The goal, of course, is to find a balance that's sustainable -- since you need to be healthy for many many decades, not just a week or two.
I've had Type 1 diabetes for over 35 years. Some days are tough, but then as a parent, you know what tough days can be. Diabetes does not define my life nor does it define me. I earned a great education, travel the world, have a challenging career, and a great family life ... diabetes has not changed any of my life goals or my experiences. Yes, we need to be mindful of many things, but I've discovered that as most folks get into their 40s, 50s, and beyond, we *all* have stuff to deal with. Nonetheless, folks with chronic diseases sometimes also battle depression -- and treating that is important to allow the person to enjoy life, despite diabetes.
Good luck with whatever you learn.