You will be under the care of a specialist healthcare team, a specialist diabetes midwife, an obstetrician, a doctor specialising in diabetes, a specialist diabetes nurse, and a dietician. Having gestational diabetes will mean more RVI clinic visits for this specialized care.
The most important treatment for gestational diabetes is a healthy eating plan and exercise.
Gestational diabetes usually improves with these changes although some women despite their best efforts, need to take tablets or give themselves insulin injections.
After you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you will be shown how to check your blood glucose levels and told what your ideal level should be. If it does not reach a satisfactory level after one or two weeks, or if an ultrasound scan shows that your baby is larger than expected, you may need to take tablets or give yourself insulin injections.
You will be offered extra ultrasound scans to monitor your baby’s growth more closely.
Will I need treatment?
Two in every 10 women with gestational diabetes will need to take tablets or insulin injections to control their blood glucose during pregnancy. If you do need insulin, your specialist diabetes nurse will explain exactly what you need to do. This will include showing you how to inject yourself with insulin, how often to do it and when you should check your blood glucose levels.