Note: The information on this page does not apply to a woman who has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Pregnancy in women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes usually results in a normal delivery with no effects on the mother’s or the child’s long-term health. However, poorly controlled blood glucose levels during pregnancy can have long term effects for mum and bub, as well as complications during delivery.
Your diabetes team will be there to support you from before you conceive until after the baby is born. Be sure to talk to them first if you are planning on getting pregnant.
A great source of information is a booklet 'Can I have a healthy baby?'. This booklet was a joint publication of the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society, Diabetes Victoria and the Type 1 Diabetes Network.
If you did not plan your pregnancy, make sure you get to your doctor as soon as possible to check your health and because you may need to make changes to your diet and possibly your insulin levels. There are also people out there that can help you if you did not plan your pregnancy. Having your diabetes under control is vital before and after your pregnancy – both for your health and your unborn baby.
More information about diabetes and pregnancy is available: