Tati: Actually there is no evidence of a connection. I have met many children of gestational diabetics whose children both do and do not have diabetes. I can understand the natural conclusion of the connection. I certainly worried myself about the birth of my two sons. My wife, thankfully, did not have gestational diabetes but of course I was type 1 and my mom had gestational diabetes. But it goes back a little further in my family. My maternal grandmother had gestational diabetes and she had 7 children. Two of the 7 had type 1 diabetes while 5 did not. I was an only child so it might seem that a connection exists but of course my moms brothers and sisters tell a different story.
Now of course I have a friend and we are nearly the same age but she was diagnosed at age 4 with type 1 diabetes. Her mom never had gestational diabetes or type 1 or type 2. Her brother does not have diabetes.
Her two daughters, like my two sons do not have diabetes and thankfully so far none of our 7 grandchildren have any sign of diabetes.
I guess what I finally had to decide is that type 1 is a more random predisposition than any of us in my parents, my grandparents or my generation ever thought.
One other thing is absolutely true. My grandparents, my parents and my generation were absolutely different than your and your beautiful daughter’s generation. Quality of life and life expectancy is so much better for diabetics today. This is a positive time in treatment. If something were to happen, I hope you look at the far better life we enjoy today as the most positive thing, and it will only get better. Today's diabetics can, with reasonable care expect a full and very long life.
Yes diabetes is not a good thing for a person to have, but it is far from the worst either. I hope you focus on the modern outcomes with this disease as opposed to the things we might have known earlier in our lifes.
My mom always had a good way of talking about this. She would say life could be much worse, what I have found over the years is that she was absolutely correct.
Take care and please stay with us, as you know, you will find great support here.