Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes


Women with diabetes have every chance of having a healthy baby as long as their diabetes is well-managed at the time of conception, and their general health is good.


Women with type 2 diabetes must manage their pregnancy closely to minimise the risk of complications, especially in the first eight weeks (when the baby's major organs develop). A team of health professionals - which could include an endocrinologist or diabetes specialist, an obstetrician, a midwife, a diabetes educator and a dietitian - will assist you before and during your pregnancy to help you and your baby stay healthy.


You must also be honest with your doctor about any medication (including complementary), vitamins or mineral supplements you're taking, as some medications are not recommended during pregnancy.


Before falling pregnant, or as soon as you find out you are pregnant, it is important to start taking folic acid, right through until the baby is born.

Information on diabetes and pregnancy