Second trimester with Type 1 or 2 diabetes

By the second trimester, as your baby grows and starts to kick, you may need more insulin. Your medication and insulin needs will be regularly reviewed with you.

By the second trimester, as your baby grows and starts to kick, you may need more insulin. Your medication and insulin needs will be regularly reviewed with you.

You will continue to have a number of tests and checks through this trimester. If your earlier assessment identified retinopathy, you will be offered another assessment at 16–20 weeks. At 18 weeks, you will have a second scan to check that your baby is healthy, and at 20–22 weeks you will have another to check your baby’s heart and internal organs.Your blood pressure and urine will be checked at each visit.

Because of the diabetes, you have a higher risk of pre-eclampsia. If your blood pressure is high it will be brought down with medication and possibly a stay in hospital to reduce your risk of pre-eclampsia.

From 12 weeks, you will be advised to take 75mg of aspirin each day to reduce your risk of pre-eclampsia

"I had a real problem with my blood sugars being really high. I was told that I would need to keep my blood sugars well controlled but I wasn't aware of how enormous the change was going to be in terms of insulin and how much more I'd have to take." Megan, mum of one

Read more about antenatal care with type 1 or 2 diabetes

More sections on type 1 or 2 diabetes in pregnancy

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