Please contact the Maternity Diabetes team as soon as you are aware you are pregnant if you had diabetes in any previous pregnancies or have pre-existing diabetes. You can self-refer to the diabetes team by email.
Royal Sussex County Hospital: email@example.com
Princess Royal Hospital: firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you already have diabetes and are planning to become pregnant it is very important to have good control of your glucose levels. This will help to reduce the risk of miscarriage, congenital malformation, stillbirth, and neonatal death. Please speak to your diabetes nurse or GP to review your health, medication and plan your care while you are trying to get pregnant.
When you are pregnant you will be referred to the antenatal clinic and will be cared for throughout your pregnancy by a specialist multi-disciplinary team including a doctor specialising in diabetes, an obstetrician, a specialist diabetes nurse, specialist midwife and a dietician.
Diabetes that develops in pregnancy is known as gestational diabetes. It happens when your body cannot produce enough insulin (a hormone that helps to control blood glucose) to meet its extra needs in pregnancy. This results in high blood glucose levels. High blood glucose levels can have health implications for you and your baby.
Gestational diabetes is common and affects up to 18 in 100 pregnant women and people. It usually starts in the middle or towards the end of pregnancy.
You are more likely to develop gestational diabetes if you have:
- a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher
- previously given birth to a large baby – 4.5kg (10lbs) or more
- had gestational diabetes before
- a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
- a multiple pregnancy.
- of non-European heritage
- aged over 40.
If you have any of these risk factors you will be offered testing during your pregnancy.
There may also be other risk factors for which we would advise screening.
If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you will have specialist antenatal care from a multi-disciplinary team including a doctor specialising in diabetes, an obstetrician, a specialist diabetes nurse, specialist midwife and a dietician.
Most people who have gestational diabetes have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
Worthing and St Richard’s hospitals
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Princess Royal Hospital
- Diabetes in pregnancy: management from preconception to the postnatal period (NICE guidance)
- Pregnancy and diabetes (Diabetes UK)
- Gestational diabetes – Information for you (Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
- Gestational diabetes (Diabetes UK)
- Gestational diabetes – NHS (www.nhs.uk)