There are different types of diabetes in pregnancy. You can have pre-existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes and be planning a pregnancy. Or you can have gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of short-term diabetes which can develop during pregnancy but usually resolves once the baby is born.
Having any type of diabetes increases the risk of complications for you and your baby. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and are planning a pregnancy, seek advice and support from your health care team at least 3-6 months before trying to fall pregnant.
Before you start trying to conceive, ask your GP to review your diabetes management and general health. They may ask you to monitor your diabetes differently, alter your medications or change your blood glucose level targets.
Once you are pregnant, your specialised diabetes and pregnancy health team will help you to manage your pregnancy and diabetes. If you live in a regional area, ask your GP about Telehealth or shared care with a major hospital. To reduce the risk of health problems for yourself or your baby, keep in regular contact with your healthcare team and aim to keep your blood glucose levels within the targets they advise, both prior to and during your pregnancy.
If you are thinking about pregnancy, use the Healthy Pregnancy Planning checklist to plan for a healthy pregnancy and discuss it with your GP and endocrinologist