Diabetes in pregnancy
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (glucose) that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth.
It can happen at any stage of pregnancy, but is more common in the second or third trimester.
It happens when your body cannot produce enough insulin – a hormone that helps control blood sugar levels – to meet your extra needs in pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes can cause problems for you and your baby during pregnancy and after birth. But the risks can be reduced if the condition is detected early and well managed.
- Gestational Diabetes UK
- Gestational Diabetes – causes and symptoms
- Free guide to Gestational Diabetes
- RCOG GDM Information Leaflet
- GDM Patient Information Leaflet
Testing your blood sugar at home
You can find further support and useful guides here.
Dietary advice for gestational diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes Diet Sheet
- Carbohydrate snacks of 10g or less
- For information on MoreLife – a local weight management service for those living in Milton Keynes or Bedfordshire – click here.
Patient information leaflets
After birth (postnatally)
Due to your high risk of progressing to Type 2 diabetes in the future (50-80% in 5-10 years after having had Gestational Diabetes!) we recommend the following:
- To book a fasting glucose blood test via your GP at 6-8 weeks OR HbA1c blood test (non-fasting) between 3-6 months after birth
- Ongoing diabetes screening with your GP every year
- You can ask your GP to refer you to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, click here for further information
Further information and support
Diabetes Specialist Midwives: 01908 995 388 / 07917 173 208
You can contact the team, Monday to Friday between 0900 – 1700hrs.