Pregnancy and diabetes

We're here to support you with your pre-existing diabetes, or if you develop diabetes during pregnancy. 

If you have existing diabetes and are thinking of having a baby, it is really important that you seek professional advice, ideally before you become pregnant. We can support you with managing your condition while you are trying to get pregnant and through your pregnancy. Call the diabetes specialist midwife for more information. 

Gestational diabetes

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is high blood sugar (glucose) that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth.

Anybody can develop GDM during pregnancy but some may be at an increased risk than others. 

The below videos provide further information on GDM.

Starting insulin

If you have been asked to start insulin, you will have been provided with information about insulin, hypos and safe driving. Diabetes UK have lots of helpful information, including a step by step video for injecting insulin.  

After the birth of your baby

It is possible to lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes after the birth of your baby. Diabetes UK provide lots of information on the top three ways to prevent type 2 diabetes

Diabetes specialist midwife
Telephone: 01709 427110

Diabetes specialist dietician
Telephone: 01709 424297

Gestational diabetes: an introduction

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Managing your diet

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Diabetes in pregnancy

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Diabetes specialist

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Feeding your baby

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Patient experience

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Testing your blood glucose levels

If you have been diagnosed with GDM, we will provide meter for you to test your blood glucose levels. The below videos provide step-by-step instructions.

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Your meter starter kit

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Blood glucose test using the WaveSense Jazz Wireless meter

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  • Page last reviewed: 22 August 2023
  • Next review due: 22 August 2024