Most people with diabetes will have a healthy baby but having diabetes does put you and your baby at a higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy and delivery.
During pregnancy, you will have regular appointments with your diabetes and antenatal team so they can check your blood glucose levels and how your baby is growing. After birth, you may find that blood glucose levels are a bit up and down so your healthcare team will work closely with you to help get them back on track and make sure you and your baby are supported.
Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a woman without diabetes develops high blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth. It occurs when your body cannot produce enough insulin - a hormone that controls blood glucose levels - to meet your extra needs in pregnancy.
We have lots of resources about pregnancy and diabetes below, including some patient stories sharing their experiences about having a baby when you have diabetes. Our Gestational Diabetes course is a great, comprehensive resource with all the facts, for anyone just diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (note this course is NOT for people with pre-existing diabetes who are pregnant).