Having children is a big decision for anyone. If you are a woman who has diabetes, however, it is a decision that requires much more thought and careful planning. Many women who have diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes) have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. But this isn't to say that it's an easy experience – it requires a lot of work and dedication on your part.
Before and during your pregnancy
The information in this section highlights the healthcare issues you will need to consider before and during pregnancy. It also provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions on Gestational diabetes.
If you are planning to have a baby or think you are pregnant then it is vital that you speak to your diabetes care team.
What is gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a type of diabetes that arises during pregnancy (usually during the second or third trimester).
In some women, GDM occurs because the body cannot produce enough insulin to meet the extra needs of pregnancy. In other women, GDM may be found during the first trimester of pregnancy. In these women, the condition most likely existed before the pregnancy.
A test called an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) is used to diagnose GDM. An OGTT involves a blood test before breakfast, then again two hours after a glucose drink.
Visit our Gestational diabetes page to find out how you will know if you have it, how it will affect your baby, and what the treatment is.
We have produced a short video, Rebel Rebel, to help under you to understand the importance of planning your pregnancy.
Reviewed April 2008